Nature In The Ancient Child

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and graceful as a doe, and I am free of the strictures of “civilization”, so-called. (The Ancient Child 17-18) Describing herself with the features of nature is a most unique character which shows the love, awe and admiration for nature. If nature becomes the part of an individual, naturally the destruction caused to the environment will become much lesser. Grey’s poems and letters reiterate her oneness with nature. The novel’s final chapter reflects Locke Setman’s bedrock experience with nature. He could smell a thousand things at once and perceive them individually.He could smell the bark of trees and the rot of roots and the fragrances of grass and wildflowers.He could smell the scat of animals here and there, old and new, across the reach of thehills.He could smell the sweet saps and the stench of the deaths of innumerable creatures in the earth. (The Ancient Child 313) In short, the novel The Ancient Child stands for the bedrock nature which every human being needs to experience. The second ecological element “Remembrance” suggests the “contact with the natural world and with mentors (both familial and literary) that set the stage for a subsequent turn to earth” (Schauffler, 21). Citing this as seminal statement one could clearly state that Momaday’s upbringing in Arizona and New México, has produced a good influence on his writings. The quality of Momaday to consider his physical and spiritual existence, profoundly influenced by the "remembered earth" originates
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