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In Walt Whitman’s poem, “I Sit and Look Out,” the narrator’s defeated tone develops the central idea that, society has endless problems by which can make an individual feel helpless. The narrator feels that he can’t act to resolve the abundance of problems, which in turn, results in him feeling paralyzed.
The narrator becomes aware of many things that disappoint him in the world, and the fact that he plays no part in correcting them. He is dispirited by observing, “mothers being misused by her children…and wives misused by her husband.” The narrator watches mothers being taken advantage of, and wives who are beaten and abused by their husbands. Similarly, the narrator is also disheartened

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