English 4/22 • Part 5, The Bear • aka “The Doomed Wilderness” • 2 ways of functioning • serves as an elegy of the doomed wilderness • Code of the hunters • Ike is now 18 • here to hunt and the visit the graves of Sam and Lion • Boon is the marshal at Hokes • Major De Spain has sold the land to a lumber company • De Spain never saw it himself again • he would have to face the destruction of the wilderness • esp. when he caused it by selling it • Story of the Bear • shows the vulnerability of the wilderness to man's machines • it is an affirmation of the hunter's code • they will not attack • this bear cannot take care of himself • a true hunter will not take advantage of the bear's fright • Ike meets Boon • Ike meets boon at the Old Gum Tree • Vignette 2 • Ashe goes hunting • BUT he almost steps on a snake • contrasts the Bear's story in that he does not follow the code of the hunter • As such, he becomes a threat to himself and to Ike
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Dooley during the Spring '08 term at Wofford.