Analysis of Man and the Stream of Time

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Rachel Carson’s Man and the Stream of time possesses enlightening perspectives of nature that have been marinating in her mind for ten years. Her writing reflects upon the effects that man has on nature and the role he plays in the ever changing environment. Her sole observation is that it is man’s nature to want to conquer the world, but nature is not one to be conquered. The writer affirms that nature is an entity that must be dignified, Like English poet Francis Thompson said, “Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.” Most environmentalist would agree that nature is not stationary, we cut the trees now today, its not just the trees that disappear ten years from now. As humanity advances, we create a multitude of…show more content…
With this stream of time, people are not upset nor are they becoming restless than we are destroying nature. We are upsetting the balance of nature by creating things and placing them within what was not created by man. Yet with all that is rapidly happening because of man, there is no time for living protoplasm to recuperate. After hitting the reader in the face with densely pact logic full of Armageddon, she slowly closes with distinguishing people to day as the “how-do-to” generation. Since people today know how to do something, then should we also know that how and what we are doing have consequences? Carson asks exactly this. Through all our actions, it is about time there was an “AH-HA!” moment where humans get that hint of reality. Carson closes with regret that her generation was not the one that possessed the ability to realize. But she looks onward by concluding that the stream of time moves forward, and as people we will move with it. Responsibility burdens the shoulder of the young, but the burden will also create opportunities to help nature, not challenge
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