Journal 1 - Emily Haggard 8:00 8/29 Journal #1 Many people...

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Emily Haggard 8:00 8/29 Journal #1 Many people can not distinguish weather or not Whitman’s writings are for or against war, although he does not make this clear he does write more about the more painful and tragic side of war. He shows the tragic side of war in the story “Come up from the Fields Father”, when he says, “But the mother needs to be better”, “By day her meals untouched, then at night fitfully sleeping, often waking” (Whitman 236). This passage shows the grieving that a mother goes through when her son does not come back from war. The mother knows that her son is in a better place, but things are not the same without him. She is unable to eat or sleep because the loss of her son consumes her thoughts. It will take time to heal the mother’s pain, which he shows when he says, “O that she might withdraw unnoticed, silent from life escape and withdraw” (Whitman 237). This shows that he needs to take time to deal with loosing her son. Once the grieving is done she can move
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Journal 1 - Emily Haggard 8:00 8/29 Journal #1 Many people...

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