Home About Contact Terms Disclaimer. Casabianca was a small boy. He was the son of the commander of the warship. The commander took part in the battle of Nile. He took his son with him: When the sea battle was going on, he ordered his son to stand on the deck of the ship. The father was killed in action.
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Felicia D. Hemans The speaker in the poem narrates that Casabianca was standing alone on the board of the ship which was already caught by fire. The flames of the fire were rising all around him, but he was so brave that he did not move an inch and did not have a single sign of fear in his face. He was so loyal and obedient to his father and responsible to his duty that he first wanted to take permission to save himself from the fire though he did not know the fact that his father was dead already down in the ship.
He asked for the permission many times and also asked if he had fulfilled his duty properly. But he did not get the answer as his father was dead. The voice of Casabianca was drowned by the sounds of gunpowder and shots of the guns.
Then the fire surrounded him from all the sides and a loud burst was heard. Nothing is visible and his dead body was not found. The death of the bravest commander, obedient and disciplined son was a matter of glory to the nation. In the poem Casabiance, Hemans deals with the story of faithful son who dies obeying the command of the father. A young boy of thirteen relies on his father, he rather lets the fire swallow him than turn back on his words. He does not know that his father is dead, so he keeps asking permission at the moment of dying.
The poem represents honesty, innocence and responsibility building up inside a young mind. The poet worries that these faithful heart was destroyed in a fire. He dies but does not go against filial responsibility. He has been perished, but what appears to look like death is not death at all. Responsibility and love glorify such people even after they leave their bodies forever. Sooner or later you have to die, so it is worthy to die while carrying out the duties and responsibilities than an isolated death.
Casabianca is a wonderful poem, which is a tale of loyalty and duty. The lyrics are great. The rhyme is unforced, and the rhythm is perfect. The author seemed to relate it well and kept it, so it was very easy to understand. Casabianca's story is indeed an epitome of heroism, obedience, bravery and sacrifice, but there is other side to it, if he could run and do something to save his life by using his intelligence. He would have saved himself and lived up to his father's expectations and that was definitely better, and more admirable.
Though the poem directly and openly praises the young Casabianca, it implicitly scorns the war and its negative consequences. This real incident took place on August 1, when the French and English had a war. The French ship was caught on fire, all the Frenchmen ran away and left the ship, but the young boy refused to leave the ship saying that his father ordered him not to leave the ship.
He did not go against the order of his father and died when the ship exploded. The poet here indirectly criticizes the war for the death of such a young obedient heart. Toggle navigation. This poem is about the actual incident that happened in during the Battle of the Nile where Casablanca, a year old boy, the son of Luce Julien Joseph was the commander of a warship.
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Casabianca Summary by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Felicia D. Hemans The speaker in the poem narrates that Casabianca was standing alone on the board of the ship which was already caught by fire. The flames of the fire were rising all around him, but he was so brave that he did not move an inch and did not have a single sign of fear in his face.
The poem Casabianca is an ode to the spirit and unflinching moral fortitude of a young boy named Casabianca. Faced with the worst odds and obstacles he fights bravely to his death. The beginning of the poem sets the tone of heroism and courage that is exemplified by young Casabianca. Some have died while others are selfishly busy trying to find an escape while this young boy stands undeterred. He realizes the raging nature of the fire and seeks the command of his father, the commander of the ship. His father does not reply and he continues to stand his ground. The situation worsens and the enemy shelling becomes even more unrelenting.