Purpose: To inform the audience about my trip to South Dakota and why it is my favorite vacation. To inform the audience of the many different places I went and activities that I did while in South Dakota. Thesis: My trip to South Dakota was the most memorable vacation I have been on because of the many marvels the landscape had to offer. I fondly remember diving into history and learning about the historic sites, marveling at the vastness of the Black Hills and Badlands, and gawking in amazement at the beauty and mystery of the caves.
In using imagery and other sensory details, Carter puts the reader into a specific situation so it can empathize more readily with the argument being made. In other words, by reading the article the audience is able to fully amass the beauty of the wildlife, and consequently thay may share author's concern to preserv it. The author furthers the description by adding personal anecdotes and therefore, first-hand evidence. For example, he tells about the time when he signed the Alaska National Interst Lands Conservation Act.
As Burke argues “when members of specific communities express a scenic perspective, the ambiguity and flexibility of the pentadic terms comes to the fore. Distinctions between “agent”and “scene” may become blurred in the concept of a community or social identity, which often includes both personal qualities and literal place. Individuals who make up a peculiar community may explain their own behavior as
Because of this, upon visiting the Grand Canyon, I have an expectation of exactly what it should look like. This can become a big issue when it comes to postcards and professional pictures as the actual thing likely does not look as it was portrayed by the photographer. Percy explains that authentic sights are those which are more satisfying as people often don’t see them coming which creates a genuine reaction (Percy 302). Through each of his examples, Percy explains how a creature, which is often something incredible, is inevitably lost, as I have experienced first-hand. Vacations are very important in my family, and we
His writings brought those people far from nature closer to it. Muir’s belief in nature caught the attention of others when they begin to read his writings. He used his writings to describe the view of beautiful nature he founded and to support the protection of nature. He showed the love and support he had for national parks in his writings. “In his writing, Muir lays out the importance of natural public spaces” (Prince, John Muir's National Parks Writings - A Convincing Arguement).
Key to this practice was how Yosemite was framed. Photographers, including the highly influential Ansel Adams, framed Yosemite so as to exclude images of people or structures. Until recently this deliberate framing was helped by national parks having signs along trails directing tourists to scenic spots for photographs or having telescopes directed at spectacles from a distance (Solnit 262). This conceptualized nature as a work of art, specifically a painting. Like a painting, then, nature is viewed as something that can be understood by seeing and is itself lifeless and inert.
But, nature does not exclude humans, human excludes themselves from nature. Within the “mists of [the] chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand and one items to be allowed for”(277). He uses clouds and storms and quicksands to convey that civilized life includes the same negativity included in the connotation of those conditions, but nonetheless, those too are apart of nature. The purpose of utilizing imagery is so evoke images people already have to connect with them on that level to make them understand that they must find a harmony and balance in the world. So, in order to restore order within one’s individual life, one must defy the social norms that distance themselves from nature to find harmony with it.
The lush forests, babbling brooks, and soaring mountains provide an opportunity for introspection that they would not have found elsewhere. As they explore this untamed wilderness, they begin to shed their old selves and embrace a new way of thinking. According to environmental psychologist David Strayer, spending time in nature can significantly improve cognitive function (qtd. in Bratman et al.) .
The Grand Canyon is a remarkably interesting and beautiful place, as Walker Percy refers to in his essay “The Loss of Creature”. How can sightseers hold the same “value P” if they possess “the symbolic complex which has already been formed in the sightseer’s mind” (Percy1)? In his essay, Percy discusses his theory that humans aren’t getting the full value of life because they live off of preconceptions and expectations. Percy provides the reader with a number of examples to help illustrate his point in which he believes to be “The Loss of Creature”. The descriptions of the couple on vacation in Mexico and the difference between the Falkland Islander and the student at Scarsdale High School are two of his more interesting examples.
His experiences as a child in the car with no distractions influenced his mind to grow strong and healthy. As a child, he would draw on the fogged glass and count cows and telephone poles. He believes this helped him appreciate what he saw on long car trips instead of being preoccupied and completely missing those things. Being able to appreciate beautiful nature grows the visionary area of the mind, which is much needed, especially in children. Richard Louv’s rhetorical devices in his essay, Last Child in the Woods, efficiently get his points across.
Christopher McCandless, whose life and journey are the main ideas of the novel “Into the Wild”, was about an adolescent who, upon graduating from Emory College, decided to journey off into the Alaskan wilderness. He had given away his savings of $25,000 and changed his name to Alex Supertramp. His voyage to Alaska took him two years during which he traveled all across the country doing anomalous jobs and making friends. He inevitably made it to Alaska were he entered the wilderness with little more than a few books, a sleeping bag and a ten pound bag of rice. A couple months after his first day in the wild, his body was found in an abandoned bus.
Once the piece of literature begins, the reader begins feeling captivated in the imagery that the author created to be envisioned. In John Muir’s extraordinary essay, The Calypso Borealis, he creates a vivid picture in the reader’s head of his experience to find a beautiful flower. In particular, he creates an image of his adventure into a swamp surrounding The Great Lakes through his writing. When his journey began, he was introduced to several diverse flora. During his journey, he is able to admire and soak up nature’s beauty as well as
Wolves, when in groups, are universally threatening and recurrently feared. This being known, they are often portrayed as an evil or opposing force. Although, on occasion, they have also been known to be referred to as “noble creatures who can teach us many things.” (http://www.wolfcountry.net/) But consequently, despite the popular interpretation of wolves and their characteristics, each story presents its own interpretation of their many characteristics.