Mecca Nelson Mrs. Balas & Ms. Delivuk Period 8 2/7/13 Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman show the effect the death of a great President has on the nation in their two pieces “O Captain! My Captain! ” and “The Funeral Train. ” They include significant details such as the amounts of people affected and the shock of the nation due to this tragic event. Whitman and the American people in Sandburg’s piece have two unique but somewhat similar responses to Lincoln’s assassination. In “The Funeral Train. , by Carl Sandburg, there is an unbelievably large turn out of people during the President’s burial march. As Lincoln’s funeral car drove along its 1,700 mile journey, it is amazing how many on-lookers show up just to watch and show respect to their President for one last time. Some stood in the rain and other bad weather conditions. In Ohio, authorities make the decision that there is not a building with ample room to house all that may be coming, so when Lincoln arrives, his ceremony was held outside.
There is and estimated number in the millions of the amount of people who view the dead President during his memorable funeral procession. Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain! ” focuses on how shocked the American people were by this tragedy. He tells of how great of a president he was. People buy bouquets and wreaths to honor him. They really do a lot because he deserves it. The exclamation points in the title also show that it is a surprising and chaotic event.
He is also very repetitive, almost like he is trying to convince himself as well as readers that this is really true. The piece simplifies and brings to reality that a great leader is gone. Both authors tackle major, but different points on Abraham Lincoln’s death, however, they do agree on some. Both authors explain that this has definitely touched the nation as a whole; maybe even world wide. There is nothing good that comes out of this. It is very painful to the nation. In the poem, Whitman talks about mournful dread.
In the story Sandburg tells about maudlin proceedings. It was a very dark time for all Americans. In the two pieces the reader is exposed to two opinions on how the nation and its people react to the assassination of one of the best leaders of our country, Abraham Lincoln. The authors provide great examples, feelings, and details of the event and things that happen before, during, and after the death. The funeral procession that will forever be a great part of Lincoln’s history was well represented by the two authors and their pieces.