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Surname 1 Student’s Name USSY 265 Spring 2009 Dr. Mark Bassett Major Writing Assignment #1 Conservation by Conviction “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story” - Linda Hogan. If nature could talk, the stories it would be able to tell would fill countless volumes and no one person could live long enough to read the whole story. Aldo Leopold is one of the first people to write about the story of nature in a way that captivates people and draws them in. In his book A Sand County Almanac he begins the first half by providing interesting and detailed observations of the land and its inhabitants around his farm in central Wisconsin. Leopold is able to relate to the reader a detailed picture of the richness of the land and the cycle of life in a year's time on that land. Leopold is trying to persuade the reader to view the world as he does, to see the importance of saving and preserving nature. Although he tries to persuade the reader, he does not use arguments or facts to alter the views of the reader. Instead, he uses his time spent at his farm to plant in the mind of the reader an awareness to the link between nature and the human species. In the second part of the book Leopold then begins to take the reader on a journey through other wondrous places and explains how each place has history related to both humans and nature. As the reader plunges into part three of the book, Leopold begins to generally introduce philosophical ideas and beliefs but does not force them upon the reader. Up to now Leopold has been priming the proverbial pump of the reader, and in “Land Ethic” he lets loose all of his views and beliefs about nature and the philosophical aspects of it. At this point, the reader has been captivated by the details of nature, has been exposed to the general philosophy and views regarding it's conservation, and in “Land Ethic” the reader is ready to absorb all of the persuasive views Leopold is
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Surname 2 providing. It is a though task to try and persuade someone, especially a reader, to view the issues presented in a paper as the writer does. Thus is it the job of the writer to not give away what the actual purpose of the paper is right away and let the reader stumble upon the issue. The toughest task of the writer is to convince the reader that your piece of writing is worth reading, this is called a hook. Leopold reinvents this trick and makes it his own. He does not begin his book with a short passage type of hook and then move directly into his views of preserving nature, instead he lets the reader get wrapped in the detailed accounts of nature and wildlife for many pages. The first half of the book is used by Leopold as the hook, in the span of a year he lives on his farm in Wisconsin and everyday he would go out to write down observations about the natural world that surrounded his farm. He is very successful in drawing
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