In the beginning of the excerpt from Song of Myself Walt Whitman says “This is the meal equally set, this the meat for natural hunger, It is for the wicked just the same as the righteous.” By this Whitman is saying that all people, whether good or evil, need food. He goes on later to say “The kept-women, sponger, thief, are hereby invited; The heavy-lipp’d slave is invited, the venerealee is invited.”  Here Whitman extends his idea that good and bad people need food to the idea that all people need food no matter gender or race. Whitman understands that food is necessary for all humans and that no matter who you are or what you have done. Whitman also says “There shall be no difference between them and the rest”, not only does Whitman understand that everyone requires food, but to him everyone is equal in their need for food. Whitman also asks the question how does he “extract strength from what he eats? Then he immediately asks the questions “what is man anyhow? What am I? what are you?” by this, maybe Whitman is trying to connect what we eat directly to who we are. In a deeper sense, how different nationalities consume different types of food and how that plays a vital role in what makes that nationality who they are.

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