Monday, March 14, 2011

Walt Whitman writes two poems both concerning the reader with one’s self. “I Sing the Body Electric” and “One’s Self I Sing” both discuss the nature of mankind. Whitman uses these poems to convey his feelings on how people are connected as one.

One’s Self I Sing begins with the line “one’s self I sing, a simple separate person” here he is getting across the idea that each person is their own. But then counteracts that with the line “Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.” By doing this he shows the reader that we are all our own individual persons but the isolated works of one person add up to the whole of everyone. Throughout the poem he counteracts everything. He refers to the physiological part of being human and then compares it to the physiognomy, or outer beauty. He continues on with female and male, showing their dominance and difference yet stating their equality. Whitman discuses the freedoms we have yet they were constructed through the law.

I Sing the Body Electric discusses the descriptions of male and female. Whitman goes into a list description of both male and female, showing how they are different but are still connected. Relating back to the idea seen in One’s Self I Sing, with that we are individuals but are brought together into one. I Sing the Body Electric helps get across the emphasizes the difference between the two genders through separation of description but unites them together towards the end.

This all corresponds to Frankenstein and how Doctor Victor creates this one person through all different body parts. Strengthening the idea that we are all one. Another similarity is seen through the monsters want of a female companion, relating to Whitman’s point that men and women complete each other.

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