What Is Johnson's Purpose Of The Idler No. 22

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Samuel Johnson from The Idler No. 22. In his piece in the Idler No. 22, Samuel Johnson describes the warring of mankind through the eyes of vultures. The piece begins with Johnson sharing the opinion of many naturalists, which is that animals are capable of in-depth communication with each other. The animals that are most capable of this are birds, and there are many humans who have learned to understand their notes. Johnson speaks of a Bohemian shepherd who listened in on a vulture’s tale: the vulture described to her children the dynamics of man, and how through their battling with each other they provide the vultures food. The vultures ponder why man is so self-destructive to a degree not shared by any other animal. The purpose of the piece
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