False Idyll Analysis

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Many people who go into nature always see it as something beautiful and aesthetic, but they never see the other side to nature. Humankind’s connection with nature isn’t a real one. They always look at the bright side of nature but are blind to the true dark side of nature. JB MacKinnon’s article “False Idyll” (2012), reveals that nature is not just flowers in a field but can also be the survival of the fittest. He backs up his claim by talking about nature through anecdotes and expert’s research. MacKinnon’s purpose to have people open their eyes and not be closed minded towards nature. The author's intention is to have environmental experts and college educated people interested in the wildlife read his article on the different perspectives …show more content…

MacKinnon tells the narrative of Sally Mueller who came across a bear trying to protect her baby cub. She was confronted by the bear by then was spared only leaving a few scratch marks. Mueller then states that she came across a spiritual experience. The author’s use of another narrative was in order so that the reader can have a connection to Mueller the same way they had a connection with MacKinnon by having them visualizing the story in their perspective. It was to compare the difference between the bears from the beginning of the article and now, with the beginning the bear was just trying to find food by going to the cabin but the bear in Mueller’s narrative only wanted to protect its cub so once it did just that it felt no need to finish off Mueller. But it was what happened to Mueller after the attack that makes this rhetorical device successful by stating, “It was really a spiritual experience for me.” This was effective for MacKinnon’s argument because it creates pathos for the reader by having another connection to the reader and having them see that not everything is bad in nature like MacKinnon tried to show us in the beginning of the article but nice and only want to survive. MacKinnon ends the article with a connection going back to his experience with

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