Analysis Of The Moment By Alain De Botton

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When presented with rich perspectives of landscapes, individuals can develop a heightened receptivity to their milieu, fostering their ability to gain an appreciation for the beauty that encompasses the human experience. Through their engaging representations of real landscapes, composers can instill optimism into the psyche of responders, allowing them to surmount the trivialities of the detached consumer society. Alain De Botton’s intricately structured travel memoir, Art of Travel, and Margaret Atwood’s poem, The Moment, conceptualise the resonance of such landscapes through a unique and engaging form, allowing responders to cultivate an amplified admiration for their own existence.
In coalescing a variety of rich anecdotal and philosophical perspectives, De Botton facilitates a sense of gratitude for the minute aspects of our accustomed landscapes. Through pathetic fallacy, “Continuous rain, confused gusts”, the composer parallels his cynicism with the ‘confused’ nature of the physical landscape, ironically elucidating the notion that humans, narcissistically, impose their pessimism on their habituated environments. De Botton’s rich, unorthodox selection of imagery allows him to subvert this notion, instead intimating that we must unearth the phenomena of mundane landscapes, such as Hoppers ‘Gas Station’, to progress in the anomaly that is life. The cyclical ending of the novel reiterates this notion, with an inclusive pronoun, “We have become habituated and therefore

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