Textual Assessment Desert solitaire 3-1

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Eng 106 Assignment #3 1/23/07 Textual Assessment of Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey 1. Environmentalism – Throughout the book, Edward Abbey makes his deep love of nature and belief that the environment should be preserved at all costs very clear. In ‘Down the River’, Abbey says, “No Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit and as vital to out lives as water and good bread. A civilization that destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself” (211). 2. Hypocritical – In the beginning of the book, Abbey says that it is his intention to avoid projecting any human qualities onto the elements of nature, although over the course of the season, we find him describing animals with very human characteristics as well as speaking to animals. In ‘Serpents of Paradise’ chapter, Abbey finds a Gopher snake near his camp and invites it into his trailer to hunt mice. He begins to warm to the snake’s presence and even calls him his companion (22). 3. Repetitive – Edward Abbey tends to be repetitive in his word choice when telling stories and describing the landscape. He often uses multiple adjectives in a row or repeats the same adjective within the same sentence. In the chapter ‘Rocks’, he says “A golden dream which grew day by day more golden, more dreamlike, on the golden water under the inescapable eye of the golden desert sun” (99). 4. Detailed – Edward Abbey has shown throughout the book to be very detailed in relating his observations. In the chapter ‘Water’, Abbey becomes very descriptive when speaking about quicksand. Explaining the concept, he elaborates, “The truth about quicksand is that it is simply a combination of sand and water in which the upward force of the water is sufficient to neutralize the friction strength of the particles of sand” (152). 5. Dominance – Being the most powerful and intelligent animal in the desert, Abbey displays traits of dominance. During the chapter ‘The Moon-Eyed Horse’ after hearing of this gregarious beast, Abbey declares, “I want that horse” (173). Representations of Place
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ENGL 106 taught by Professor Ceyhan during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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