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Changing Self Essay

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  • on January 8, 2013
  • Category: English
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We are the cause and the catalyst for change. As a result of us changing, things around us change with us. There are many situations where our environment changes and as a result, we change and adapt to the change in the environment. This will be further discussed in three texts including, I Sit and Look Out by Walt Whitman, The Unknown Citizen by W.H Auden and Animal Farm by George Orwell.

I Sit and Look Out is a negative poem that views the world through a negative perspective. This poem gives you the idea “I can’t change the world but I can change myself”. It is from the view of an observer who is a pessimist and a bystander. The poem mostly discusses the sorrows and misfortunes of the world through the view of a bystander, signifying that for the misfortunes of the world to change into prosperity, we need to change ourselves and not be a bystander. The protagonist in I Sit and Look Out is an observer who watches the world but isn’t active in changing anything. This is seen through the line “See, hear, and am silent”. This quote is possibly signifying that people only watch and one man alone, cannot change anything. Through this, he is questioning himself and us too. The protagonist in this poem is also passive rather than active and most importantly, the protagonist is nameless and has no true identity. Through this we can see that the protagonist is a very passive and ambiguous character within society.

I Sit and Look Out uses techniques such as negative tone throughout the poem to show the negativities of the world we live in. I believe this indicates that we need to make a change so more positives will occur in life. The poem also uses negative connotation such as “sorrows of the world”, “deeds” and “convulsive” to describe the current state of the world as a result of us. By doing this, the poem is indicating that we need to change ourselves in order for improvements in the world to be made. Other techniques used in the poem are alliteration and...

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