Civil War Liturature Essay

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American is a nation strongly devoted to creating a free, opportunistic place to live… but it wasn’t always so fair. The civil war caused a separation of the nation, American’s were fighting their neighbor and sacrificed their lives, in order to achieve a nation that was truly united and free for all. We understand the main overall motive of the civil war thru literature written at that time. That said literature includes “the Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” by Walt Whitman, and “An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce.
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“A sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim” by Walt Whitman. “Who are you my dear comrade?” Walt Whitman uses an unidentified soldier, as the narrator, who does not see the dead soldier as his enemy, but as his comrade. War effects everyone involved, and in the case of the civil war, the causalities were neighboring Americans. “Who are you sweet boy with cheeks yet blooming?” the soldier identifies a child with rosy cheeks lying dead in the camp. War has no age limit; anyone can be affected by the trials and tribulations. “then to the third – a face nor child nor old, very calm, as of beautiful yellow- white ivory; Young man I think I know you- I think this face is the face of the Christ himself, Dead and divine and brother of all, and here again he lies.” The soldier describes the third dead man as “brother of all”, not as an enemy, but as an equal. He even goes as far as saying the man lying there looks to be “Christ himself” lying again dead yet glorious. The narrator doesn’t belittle the men lying there dead, the words he uses to describe the deceased are meaningful and heartily. Men are all the same no made the age, or race we are all equal.
“An occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Pierce. “No service was to humble for him to perform in aid of the south, no adventure to perilous for him to undertake if consistent with the character of a civilian who was at heart a soldier…” Farquhar was a devoted southerner who would do anything to help the confederate cause. War inspires men to fight...

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