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URN etd-0606118-074323
Author Eanne Yeanne Lin
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2017
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title Reexamining Walt Whitman's Views on Manifest Destiny
Date of Defense 2018-06-01
Page Count 77
Keyword
  • Westward Expansion
  • Negative Implications
  • Walt Whitman
  • Providential Role
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abstract “Manifest Destiny” is an American philosophy which emphasizes that America is predestined to expand and occupy the whole continent. Manifest destiny is such an interesting ideology because there is no legal documentation that obliges Americans to comply to this idea nor think this way. But fascinatingly, when one looks back to the history of America, this ideology of Manifest Destiny is written all over it. This thesis seeks to establish the fact that the idea of Manifest Destiny has been deeply embedded in American history. However, this thesis does not only aim to highlight the impressive contributions of Manifest Destiny in making the United States a great nation that we know today, but it also aims to emphasize the negative implications that it had inflicted over the years. Given the fact that the ideology of Manifest Destiny was a predominant belief especially during the 19th century, this thesis aspires to investigate the extent of its influence by exploring the effects of Manifest Destiny on America’s most important poet of the 19th century, Walt Whitman, by doing a textual analysis on some of his poems. It is known to many that Whitman is a nationalist and a believer of Manifest Destiny. Therefore, the extensive effects of the belief of Manifest Destiny had influenced Walt Whitman as it is highly evident in his poems. However, this thesis argues that Whitman is ambivalent towards Manifest Destiny as he has also recognized the negative consequences it came with.
    Advisory Committee
  • Ya-lan Chang - chair
  • Chia-jung Lee - co-chair
  • Li-Ru Lu - advisor
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  • etd-0606118-074323.pdf
  • Indicate in-campus at 5 year and off-campus access at 5 year.
    Date of Submission 2018-07-06

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