Egalitarianism In The Leaves Of Grass By Walt Whitman

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Within Walt Whitman’s works he expresses his egalitarianism or belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life in his epic book called the leaves of grass. His strong point of view in the poem I Sing the Body Electric is expressed through sexuality, body attributes, political views.
In the poem of I sing the body electric Walt Whitman expresses many qualities upon the body. It is as if he almost prizes them upon the glory that each attribute of a human being takes. Within this poem he praises the body based on the meaning of significance in creating relationships between humans. He describes more than different attributes and organs of the body, but ...view middle of the document...

He focuses on mainly slavery within the old days. He is against slavery and he places the setting at an auction. He describes the body of the black as if they are mere objects that might be of use. He argues about the inhumanity of it all. In section 8 of the poem it is based off the attraction of a woman attributes being sold at slave auction. This was suppose to be help the issue of slavery but only anced it on through society. “Walt Whitman felt that his poem would help repair a society that was quickly unraveling particularly in the turbulent slavery debate.”(juhjgu) the woman are described as if they are foreign and no different from the race. The gender sexism was also a major issue in the day also entertwines with slavery and sexuality thrown into it. Women are the main reason children come into this world. They are like the gate way to life. Even though men are helping they are the ones giving birth to other men in the society. Slavery is given through the wrong ways of sex and the fact that the attributes choose them. “A woman's body at auction,” (Whitman,line 1).Whitman makes it known that the woman is not only the womb of past fathers , but of future ones as well. The fact that women the bearer of children can be sold to a society of inhumane men shows that something is not right with societies standards. It slaps reality into the face of the world. To judge one upon the standards of the body they were born with. It is all together inhumane. One cannot help the genes that was given. Everyone is the same regardless of color we are all born with the same abilities and to judge it based on ethnicity would not be right. To count them as property and sell them to any buyer worth willing could not be presented right if everyone is equal “At the time he wrote these notes, "Slaves" was to be the concluding piece, a position that would have intensified the importance of the slavery issue in the book” (web) To be a slave back in the time they had to judge on their attributes that Whitman described within his poem. Since the last of his stanzas slavery would have been known as the title but it was changed into the body electric. “Perhaps the most interesting working title is "Slaves" (the word is smudged almost beyond recognition on the manuscript), which underscores the fact that a slave auction is the setting of the poem that would...

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