It is understandable, as writers often draw upon their own experiences and insights to produce these stories. American literature, as surveyed in this class, is not any different from the rest. The three works to be cited in this essay are Walt Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass, William Faulker's A Rose for Emily, and three chapters from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Though set in a form that is often filled with flowery imagery and other masking literary devices as poetry is, Mr. Whitman's message in this preface is simple and clear. His soul, his inner being - his self - is committing himself to writing the verses that, as lines three to five infer, will give him a measure of immortality. For what perhaps does the self seek most of all but immortality, the assurance that the self will live on long after its confining body is gone
The idea of the self emerges differently in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily. ...Show more