Justify how ‘Animals’ by Walt Whitman is a criticism of mankind and its ways?
In the poem, Walt Whitman says that he is more comfortable with animals than those of his kind because he believes that they are better than human beings.
Animals are calm and content with themselves. They don't suffer from guilt over their actions or cry over their sins.
Humans on the other hand are filled with greed and materialistic desires.
They aren't content with themselves and make each other sick by discussing their duties to god. It seems as though humans have shed their values of love and understanding for each other.
Human society is blemished by ego, hatred and hypocrisy.
Davneet Singh is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 12 years. He provides courses for Maths and Science at Teachoo.