Walker Percy's \"The Loss of the Creature\" Analysis - 1 College Writing Mrs Zilleruelo 26 September 2013 Individuality A Lost Cause The word

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1 College Writing Mrs. Zilleruelo 26 September 2013 Individuality: A Lost Cause The word vacation can sometimes be synonymous with the word exploration. And the word exploring implies going to new places and discovering new things . But to what extent can one consider something “new”? If it has already been discovered and objectified, does it matter whether or not someone is seeing it for the first time? As Percy Walker proclaims in his work, The Loss of the Creature , the human being can never fully take in the experience of a sight unless they are the ones who have discovered it . This is a result of “packaging”, which can be described as a preconceived expectation of any situation, whether it is by word of mouth or simple information that can be obtained anywhere. Packaging leads to a sightseer only receiving a “millionth part value of P”; P being the experience that the first person that discovered whatever area it is felt upon their discovery . If one thinks about it, it is quite self- explanatory. The first time that one sees a movie, they might be intrigued by the progression of the storyline but once they watch it another time, they know what to expect . There is no longer that element of an authentic experience. Percy goes into this idea by presenting the example of the Grand Canyon . When Garcia Lopez de Cardenas discovered the Grand Canyon, it did not even have the famous name tagged along with it . Instead, he just stood at the edge of a beautiful and picturesque part of nature. There were no ideas that were already established in his head about where he was . He was just able to take in every part of the canyon that he wanted to. There was no
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2 pressure to experience anything that someone before him had, because he was the first one. Soon after its discovery, the canyon was recognized to be a national park. This is where the symbolic complex comes into play. Every single person after Cardenas already had an image in their mind of what to expect when they visited the Grand Canyon. There was a certain expectation to be met upon arriving at the Grand Canyon. If one’s experience did not conform
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