Freshman Writing Seminar - Andrew Ahart S Hum 119 1/23/07...

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Andrew Ahart S Hum 119 1/23/07 In the novel War with the Newts, by Karel Capek, Captain van Toch, a main character, describes a trip he took to a far away, isolated island (32-38). He describes his journey to G.H. Bondy, a wealthy businessman; while describing his wildest journey, he describes the creature that he encounters, the newts. Captain can Toch has difficulty in categorizing the newts, because of their characteristics. He sometimes refers to them as animals (33), but also at times come close to saying that the newt is not “a real animal” (36). Why does Captain van Toch have such a difficult time describing the newts? One reason is the physical features of the newts. They are described by the captain as not having scales, but being entirely naked, ‘like some kind of frog or those salamanders. And those front paws of theirs, they’re just like children’s hands, except they have only four fingers. ’ (33). In addition to their physical features, they waddled from side-to-side
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2008 for the course S HUM 119 taught by Professor Orlov,sidney during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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