Louisa May Alcott Analysis

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The three texts, “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury, Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen and Civil War Journal by Louisa May Alcott share the common theme of importance of an individual’s contribution during the Civil War. The main character, Joby, from “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh’ contributed to the Civil War by leading the whole army of soldiers into battle. Charley from Soldier’s Heart contributed during the Civil War by volunteering to fight in the war, as a soldier. Louisa May Alcott, the main character and author of Civil War Journal aided the wounded soldiers, as a nurse. Therefore, these three stories all bring the significance of an independent’s Civil War contribution to life.
Joby in “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” contributed by
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An example from the text is, “A strange day, but I did my best; and when I put mother’s little black shawl round the boy while he sat up panting for breath, he smiled and said, ‘You are real motherly ma’am.’” This shows the reader Louisa’s contribution because she is a very comforting and supporting nurse. She makes sure that all of her patients stay calm and feel welcomed. As well as this the text states, “But all were well behaved; and I sat looking at the twenty strong faces as they looked back at me,--hoping that I looked ‘motherly’ to them; for my thirty years made me feel old and the suffering around me made me long to comfort everyone…” This, once again, demonstrates that Louisa May Alcott was a very good nurse, since she hoped that everyone was consoled and she had all of her patients best interests in mind. One last example from the text is, “A solemn time, but I’m glad to live in it; and am sure it will do me good whether I come out alive or dead.” This is a clear illustration of Alcott’s contribution to the Civil War because it emphasizes how dedicated she was to helping the soldiers who were, unfortunately, wounded in the war. She is very selfless and is always thinking about what 's best for the patients. Therefore, Louisa May Alcott’s contribution of being a nurse and taking care of the soldiers that were in pain is
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