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Ian Macato Lovelady AP Literature 12 September 2014 The Known World Essay A person holds intrigue with the simplicity and magnificence of nature, yet they are often unaware of the major impacts that the environment has on their internal self. These specific impacts and the process of developing them requires self reflection. In Edward P. Jones’ novel, The Known World , Moses is a former slave whose deep connection to the fields persists even after “his master die[s].” Jones reveals the character of Moses’ reverent connection with the Earth through creating a natural setting with ethereal imagery and symbolism enhancing the third person point of view in order to reveal nature’s ability to act as a cathartic experience. Perhaps the most important characteristic of Moses is his loyalty to the solitude and comfort of the fields as Jones conveys Moses’ attitude toward the land through natural imagery.

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