TheLossoftheCreature - Interpretation and Position Essay-Thein 1 Cheyenne Thein Eng 101 Erica Wiest Interpretations and Positions of The Loss of the

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Interpretation and Position Essay-Thein 1Cheyenne TheinEng. 101Erica Wiest02/11/2016Interpretations and Positions of The Loss of the Creature “The loss of the creature” is a strong essay in which the author, Walker Percy has shown his vision of world. After reading “The Loss of the Creature” by Percy Walker multiple times, I understand many of the main points within the essay. Percy explains with example after example how one has lost “the creature.” Throughout the essay Percy gives his perception regarding a person’s expectations and sovereignty, ‘real’ experiences, and understanding of beauty or naturalness. I strongly agree with Percy’s perceptions of expectations and raw beauty or naturalness; however, I only partially agree with his points on real experiences. Percy starts the essay by telling us how Garcia Lopez discovered the Grand Canyon and was amazed at the sight. Lopez discovered the Canyon experiencing its raw, unique beauty. Afterthe Canyon became government property, a National Park, it became exposed as commercial land. The tourist in this example wanted to see the Canyon his entire life; however, he too set his expectations comparing it to books, postcards, pictures, etc. showing false appreciation and taking pictures instead of stopping to truly enjoy its beauty. As Percy stated, “ The thing is no longer the thing as it confronted the Spaniard; it is rather that which has already been formulated [...]” (Percy 459). His point is that some experiences can only be truly cherished by living life to the fullest at that moment. The tourists do not get the full experience at the Canyon until they
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