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Mattox Kelsey Mattox Rob FranksEnglish Composition 1112 November 2011Summary Response: Walker Percy’s “The Loss of the Creature”In visualizing the effects of indirect communication, or the lack there of, the article, “The Loss of the Creature,” provides excellent examples. Walker Percy believed that by people following the obvious ways of seeing or learning something, they would essentially lose “the creature” they were trying to discover. “The Loss of the Creature” expresses the idea that without taking an indirect approach, sovereignty will be lost, resulting in the becoming of a “consumer” in society, as Percy portrays it. Percy goes on to explain that through preconceived notions and the absence of one’s individualthought, the ability to have a truly fulfilling experience is significantly obscured.“The Loss of the Creature” begins by using Garcia Lopez de Cardenas and his discovery of the Grand Canyon to explain the awe and appreciation one feel as they discovery something beautiful on their own. Walker Percy believes that if a sightseer were to see this same magnificent image today, he would not experience that same satisfaction, for the immediate need to compare it to preexisting images he already has, would stand in the way. Furthermore, Percy