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William Quartner Cornell University First Year Writing Seminar February 11, 2007 The Nature of Nature Nature plays a pivotal role in both Heinrich Boll’s The Clown and Joseph Von Eichendorff’s Like of a Good-for-nothing . Nature, in fact, provides not only much of the impetus for the plot progression in both of the works, but is also perhaps the most significant reason for the stark difference between the fates of the two protagonists. Both Hans Schnier and the Good-for-nothing, for example, find refuge in nature—both symbolically and literally—and rely heavily on their natural beliefs. At the same time, however, decisions guided by nature provide the Good-for-nothing, on one hand, with a life full of success and dreams come true, and conversely result in failure and disappointment for Hans Schnier. “I remembered from boarding school,” Hans Schnier recounts, “A padre there had once explained to us that cabbage was supposed to suppress sensuality. I find the idea of suppressing mine or anyone else’s sensuality disgusting” (Boll 64). Reading this sentence with the concept of human nature in mind provides significant insight into the persona of Hans Schnier. “Sensuality”, for example, should be interpreted as incorporating more than simply a person’s desires for sensual pleasures. “Sensuality” is a
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2008 for the course ENGL 105 taught by Professor Bailey,peter during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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