In the poems “Traveling through the Dark” by William Stafford and “Woodchucks” by Maxine Kumin, two distinct speakers are portrayed by their contrasting approaches to the death of wild animals. “Traveling through the Dark” shows a thoughtful relationship between a man and nature as he comes across the gruesome sight of a pregnant deer that has been hit on the road. “Woodchuck,” on the other hand, introduces the unpleasant reality of human egotism toward animals as the main character is seen slaughtering birds. Although “Traveling through the Dark” and “Woodchucks” both illustrate nature and the death of animals, a combination of tone, diction, and imagery stresses a barrier amidst them, revealing the dissimilar mentalities of both speakers in handling situations expressively. While both poems are written with the same mission in discussing the relationship of humans and nature, how both authors choose to justify their speakers’ tone in discussions is different.
The author’s background influenced the poem, “Traveling through the Dark” and its motif of sadness. Stafford uses tone, word choice, and imagery to convey the themes of the dangers of the night, rural roads, and the death of animals and humans. William Stafford’s poem illustrates his experience with dead animals from living in rural regions and from his hobbies of hunting, fishing, and camping. He often writes about the relationships between humans and animals, in his poems. The poem is about a time he found a dead
“You have to make choices even when there is nothing to choose from.” This words from Peter Zilahy perfectly describes making a decision whether there is a choice or not, but making a decision means it will have a consequence. In William E. Stafford’s “Travelling through the Dark” presents readers with the difficulty of making a decision. One night, he was travelling along a mountain street under which the Wilson Water, he discovered a corpse of a doe and he decided to push the doe’s corpse into the river, but moving closer to the corpse of the doe was still warm on its belly indicated there is still a fawn in her, waiting to be born. After thinking for a while, he decided to push the doe’s corpse into the flowing Wilson Water to ensure safety of other motorists. Stafford wrote this poem as a free verse, the lines in this poem involves variations of rhythm here and there.
Richard Louv, a novelist, in Last Child in the Woods (2008) illustrates the separation between humans and nature. His purpose to the general audience involves exposing how the separation of man from nature is consequential. Louv adopts a sentimental tone throughout the rhetorical piece to elaborate on the growing separation in modern times. Louv utilizes pathos, ethos and logos to argue that the separation between man and nature is detrimental. Louv uses pathos to illustrate his disdain with man’s separation from nature.
Thus, one must either adapt to change actively, like stumbling in the darkness, but ultimately learning how to walk, or let the problem fix itself, like letting night become second nature over time. Emily Dickinson also wrote The Bravest - grope a little - And sometimes hit a Tree Directly in the Forehead - But as they learn to see - (Lines 13-16). This supports how Emily Dickinson’s poem relates to the universal concept How We See Things by explaining how the bravest people perceive their fears as an obstacle to overcome in order to continue forward with their lives (adaptation). The “Bravest” are those who chose to conquer their fears instead of letting the fear consume them. This shows how the poem, We Grow Accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson relates to the universal concept How We See
Also, Pi doesn’t realize how difficult the brawl against nature and spiritual devotion can be until the lion’s share of the story begins when the Tsimtsum sinks. Paralleled with the second phase, Pi’s youthful innocence and inexperience with such devastating circumstances lead him to believe that he will be rescued soon and that his parents are still alive. After a few days, he comes to terms with the sad truth that
The two works what to tell that people return to the wild, gain self-awareness, and enhance their moral strength (Berthoud 289). Although their story plot, characterization, and environment have some similar or different parts, they all study the evil and virtuous human nature is affected by the traditional civilized moral standard. Coppola’s film follows the footsteps of Conrad’s novella. Even Heart of Darkness bases on the colonial period and Apocalypse Now relies on the Vietnam War. There is no doubt that Apocalypse Now is an adaption of Heart of Darkness, bur also is a continual the new exploration of human nature.
In order for a story to make the readers anticipate what is going to happen next they need to have conflicts that cause problems in the story. Conflicts make the story more interesting by posing issues for the characters and making resolve them. Some stories have multiple conflicts and other stories have just one or two. A story that has more than one conflict is the short story “The Most Dangerous Game”. In this story that conflicts that are posed are man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus society.
He isn’t concerned with finding justice, and Titus is forced to take matters into his own hands (sound familiar?). In literature sometimes writers use the forest to symbolize a light-hearted place with calming and restorative powers. At other times writers use the forest to symbolize evil, darkness, and fear. In Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare begins with the positive and goodness of the forest and transforms the forest into a place of vile evil and murder. In reflecting the decay of the forest, he is also mirroring the decay of the Roman state and the descent of Titus into madness.
(Page 36). Jim’s character development is evident throughout the novel. Jim’s complexity to his actions and progression of his personality helps drive the plot. Malouf uses a technique in which he splits the book almost into two parts, one part being about the nature sanctuary and purity of everything around, whereas the second part is about the darkness of war. The change of scenery and mindset changes immediately, "It was as if had taken a wrong turning in his sleep, arrived at the dark side of his head.
For the same reason, weapons were stored, waiting. There was fear of cold, of sickness and hunger. There was fear of beasts"(3). This is another way the Council instills fear and psychological manipulation to stay in power. The spread this myth of wild beast.