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Comparing White'S Nature

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Autor:  anton  05 December 2010
Tags:  Comparing,  Whites,  Nature
Words: 607   |   Pages: 3
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When I wrote my essay in room and thought of the word “nature,” I found myself glancing nowhere in the room. There was so quiet that I could hear clock mechanical sound and racket in other apartment. I saw an ant that crawled up the wall, and a water drop congealed in the cup; I carefully view every bitty movement, sound and smell. I do homework every day regardless of my room, and before the essay I never think of my room as nature, or link between me even humanity. In fact, nature is hidden behind us all the time and it gives us a lot more understanding on profound concepts such as life purpose, death and existence. In “the Brown Wasps” and “Once more to the Lake,” both writers attempt to find the meaning of life from nature they incurred, and there are certain similarity and difference how they construct the nature and develop human life. To me, I strongly favor White’s natural perspective which is composed of his personal sentiment.

In both essays, the writers show the same idea that humans and animals cling and recreate things or places which they know strongly. In “the brown wasps,” Loren Eiseley indicates that the human being has a habitual behavior of being on their space and time. They did so “because without them man is lost, not only man but life.” (Eiseley 240) In other words, humanity intrinsically wants to evidence their existence by tracing and create memory. Eiseley supports this nature by showing that poor sought to occupy same bench spontaneously. It is just like old brown wasps “creep slowly over an abandoned wasp nest in a thicket.” (Eiseley 240) She further extends this essence other animals: a field mouse recreated the hole to show its existence; pigeons came back in the same old train station. She gives such examples because she wants to tell that every organism clings to things and places thoughtlessly, and therefore, establish self-cognition of existence and reassure them.

In the same path, E.B. White wrote his essay that he revisited the camp where he used to go with his father, so that he could reminisce the memory of childhood. In the journey, he constructed unchangeable and immortal nature that the place and time is always same. He also recreated the illusion that he was his father and his son was him, which is same as the imagination of Eiseley, “The years were a mirage and that there had been no years.”(White 180) He did so because fancying the nature helps him cling to the place and memory. This is exactly what Eiseley talks about instinct of humanity. Comparing with two essays I found that White’s “Once more to the Lake” is more compelling.

White constructs the nature to reproduce her past while Eiseley constructs nature to inspire humanity in broader aspect. With different purposes, nature plays different roles for them. White gives a lake spiritual appearance of lake, along with sensory details such as “this holy spot” and “the stillness of the cathedral.” () It bleeds writer’s special sentiment of Lake. With the narrative, specific and concrete details, we can look into White’s heart, soul and personal humanity perspective, and induces from these a realization of a universal truth. On the other hand, since Eiseley wants to define more anthropological meaning of life, he uses unusual explanations to express his view of humanity. For instance, he inspires mouse’s behavior and how it is related to humans’ behavior. Such inspiration in essay is rare and interesting, and it gives twinkling idea to readers. The wide-range examples also give writer much credibility.



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