sressay - Ben Rainey In his novel One Foot in Eden, Rash...

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Ben Rainey In his novel One Foot in Eden , Rash develops a unique definition of loss. Rash develops this definition primarily by using occurrences where characters experience loss. The losses he describes include loss of land and way of life to the government, loss of innocence and purity, and loss of secrets. Through these different types of loss, Rash comments upon the idea that when man looses something or someone dear to him, he will often act in unnatural ways and do things that would, under normal circumstances, be considered a threat to society as a way to compensate for the loss. “I didn’t look back but I could feel the dam looming behind me as if it cast a shadow over the whole valley.” Carolina Power serves as a symbol of the large-scale corporation that changes lives and landscapes forever without regard for how the people and places they disrupt will respond to losing all they have ever known. Losing the roof overhead and the crops underfoot breeds irrational actions, especially for the stereotypical bread-winner of the family, the man. All the doltish actions that Billy Holcombe commits throughout the novel stem from his feeling
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