The Wild Trees Literary Analysis - Kole Cox - Cox 1 Kole Cox Mr.Helms English 1020 Period 7 27 February 2017 The Wild Trees A Story of Passion and

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Cox 1 Kole Cox Mr.Helms English 1020 Period 7 27 February 2017 The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Secluded and silent within the unmarked rain forest of Northern California, there rests a behemoth species who speaks no words nor does it walk in the timber. The mass of these creatures varies widely for they live for millennia and can withstand the greatest catastrophes. The stories they know but may never say aloud reside deep within waiting for an adpt soul to lend an ear. These organisms are the lifeblood of the forest, rising from the dust, touching the sun, only to timber their way back to become the dust. Bound in bark and banded with time, these quiet giants hide majestic gardens and enormous rooms forged by lightning and fire. Their identity which was until recently misunderstood is perfectly stated as Sequoia Sempervirens or the Giant Coast Redwood. Coast Redwoods maintain many of the most impressive records on the planet, such as oldest, tallest, and largest known living organism. Sequoia Sempervirens can grow to be more than thirty-five stories tall and contain more than 450 metric tons of dry material. These forgotten and beloved beings can easily be 2,000 years old, with the oldest ever found being around 2,520 years old. The Wild Trees is a perfect description for Coast Redwoods, for they are one of the only places left on the planet that have not yet been explored, or even mapped for that matter. Richard Preston’s goal for his literary works is “to reveal people and realms of our world that nobody had ever imagined.” (14) Not only does Preston strive to educate readers, he works to inspire them to take a stand and help preserve the last mystic areas that are under attack in our
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Cox 2 ever growing world. The Wild Trees divulges the forest that evaded time and the story of the enchantment and wonder that lives within the Coast Redwood Forest of Northern California. Just past the cover of The Wild Trees , a map that encompasses the Coast Redwood Range is shown, offering readers a visual opportunity and tool to use while reading the book to keep events and areas in order. Preston skillfully produces the Author’s Note , where he expresses the reality of the events and characters in the book and his goal with this story. His next section, OF BOTANISTS AND TREES mentions the restrictions of divulging the locations of certain trees and areas, which are in place to preserve the sacred and scarce forest wilderness. Part One of The WIld Trees is named VERTICAL EDEN , which foreshadows the events in that section. Nameless is a very peculiar name for a chapter especially for a book about trees!
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  • Spring '17
  • Todd Helms
  • English, sequoia, Coast Redwood, Richard Preston, wild trees

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