Religion In Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself And A Raisin The Sun

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On a bright Sunday morning, accompanied by her mother and grandmother, a young girl lounges in the pew of a church when a missal catches her eye, and she begins to flip through the pages revealing the compilation of the religious texts. As this young girl grows older and presumably pursues a higher education, she will begin studying texts of the same complexity of those contained in the missal, which will challenge traditional beliefs and contrast religious literature with literature that happens to contain religious themes. When analyzing these pieces of work, the girl will propose many questions that readers prior may have considered at an earlier time. In American literature, specifically through the examples of "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman and Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin the Sun, religion, once thought of as a unification of all people, paradoxically acts as a source of the development of an identity, rebellion from a community, and a factor of discrimination. In Walt Whitman 's "Song of Myself," the author desires to encompass the American identity within one poem, embarking on a…show more content…
The presence of religion in American literature, specifically in Walt Whitman 's "Song of Myself" and Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin in the Sun, accompanied by Henry David Thoreau 's Resistance to Civil Government and Clybourne Park by Bruch Norris, accurately reflects the function of religion in present times as a means to create a community and a personal identity. Ultimately, in literature and life, religion serves as a revolting factor to create divide between one 's own beliefs, between people of a rising country, between family members of different generations, and between people of a larger community. Religion consists of a paradoxical nature so elegantly defined within these works through introspection and interaction which missals resting in churches could never exemplify to the curious minds of the bored youth, who will one day, feed
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