O Captain My Captain Analysis

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There have been many major wars in American history. However the bloodiest war was the Civil War between the Union and the Confederates. The Man who led the Union was a very famous person. So famous, in fact that there have been several books, articles, and poems written about him. He was President Abraham Lincoln, who was considered to be one of the greatest presidents in all of American history. Abraham Lincoln is most famously known for the emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. This amendment was one of Lincoln 's greatest accomplishments In “Emancipation” written by Russell Freedman and “O Captain! My Captain!” written by Walt Whitman the Authors use Symbolism, Historic References and Characterization to portray Lincoln as a Great leader. In the story, “Emancipation”, the author describes Lincoln as a great leader throughout the story. The author also makes historic references throughout the story. For example, one of these historic references is when it states that Lincoln tried to end the…show more content…
In “O Captain! My Captain!” the author expresses Lincoln as a great leader multiple times using symbolism. The poem see’s Lincoln as a captain on a ship because the captain is the most important person on a ship. The whole story it talks about a captain which can lead you to infer that he is the captain. Here is one example “o captain my captain our fearful trip is done.” This can very well lead you to infer Lincoln is the captain. The poem also states that there is a ship in the poem. Here it says “Is it some dream on the deck.” Lincoln is the president of the United States. So you can infer the United States is the ship. In the poem it also states that there is a voyage. Lincoln was the president during the Civil War. Which was a major event, during his presidency so you could infer the voyage was the Civil War. “It’s voyage closed and done.” Which shows that the voyage was the Civil War. The poem also uses imagery to show you a great leader being put to
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