TPCASTT on Walt Whitman's A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim.
Who are you?
During the Civil War at a hospital camp, Walt Whitman left his tent one dim and gray morning. He saw three, unattended, dead individuals on stretchers covered with a large blanket. He removed the blanket to reveal an elderly man, a young boy, and a middle-aged man. Whitman believed the middle-aged man resembled Jesus Christ himself.
When the narrator asked the first two dead men "Who are you?," this symbolized their loss of identity as a result of the war. The different ages of the casualties symbolized how war affects everyone, young and old. The author even alludes to Jesus Christ also being affected by the war and dying again. Through these symbols, Whitman presented the harsh realities of war itself and how it destroys human beings.
"A Sight in Camp Daybreak Gray and Dim"
The poem has an overall negative tone. In the poem, the narrator had sympathy for the dead men. They were lost to the world and forgotten as they lied unattended. These men were just more casualties to the war and not seen as human beings with identities anymore. This poem showed Whitman's hatred for war and its destruction of life.
The poem shifts from anonymous to identification. It started by mentioning three forms on the ground. The shift occurred when the narrator pulled away the blanket to reveal the dead men. He went on to describe each person in detail. Whitman put this shift here particularly to get his point across about how war devastates people.
The title "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim" describes what the result of war is, which is death. It also describes that the "sight" will not be a pretty one, but rather depressing. From the beginning, the title foreshadows what the poem will be about.
War is a ruthless violation of brotherhood. Everyone seems to be involved and suffers because of it. Instead of getting along with your fellow man, people are killing one another. People's lives are ruined and their identities are forever lost.