Editha by William Dean Howells

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Editha by William Dean Howells

The story "Editha" by William Dean Howells and the poem "Reconciliation" by Walt Whitman are part of a true "national literature." They are both told in a way that only we as Americans could ever understand. They speak of war in all of its glory, and they speak of all of the pain left behind.

"Editha" is a story about a woman who loves her country so much that she would be willing to give up anyone who does not feel as she does. Her fiancé George was not enthusiastic about the war. To George the war was about senseless bloodshed, but to Editha it was about taking pride in a country that she loved. She told George, "I call it a sacred war. A war for liberty and humanity, if ever there was one"(Howells 363). Editha could not understand how George or anyone could not see the importance of the war. Because of George's lack of enthusiasm for the war Editha writes him a letter and says, "But the man I marry must love his country first of all"(365). These words from Editha show how much she believed in her country.

Editha was not alone man...
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