Darwin and His Origin of Species Essay

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The book begins with countless illustrations, which Darwin sketched while on tour of the world. These illustrations are periodically mentioned throughout the piece as evidence to support his theory. After the sketches, the book is divided into chapters of varying intentions. The first few chapters give brief examples and a history of the theory of evolution. His theory is not directly stated until chapter four. After this chapter, the rest of the book is comprised of subsequent chapters that give examples to prove his theory, but more importantly, he outlines all possible flaws in his theory and concisely proves their inaccuracy. In the first chapter, “Variation under domestication”, Darwin begins setting the framework for his later …show more content…
The book begins with countless illustrations, which Darwin sketched while on tour of the world. These illustrations are periodically mentioned throughout the piece as evidence to support his theory. After the sketches, the book is divided into chapters of varying intentions. The first few chapters give brief examples and a history of the theory of evolution. His theory is not directly stated until chapter four. After this chapter, the rest of the book is comprised of subsequent chapters that give examples to prove his theory, but more importantly, he outlines all possible flaws in his theory and concisely proves their inaccuracy. In the first chapter, “Variation under domestication”, Darwin begins setting the framework for his later theory. His main topic in this chapter is ability of humans to create variations in a species for a desired trait, such as sweetness of a fruit or the beauty of a pigeon. Everyone at that time knew that choice breeding for desired modifications were possible, but what Darwin showed was that if humans are able to change a species ever so slightly throughout such a short period of time, the possibilities of nature achieving this over millions of years is not only plausible, but inevitable. One of the other major realizations came while he was studying pigeons; Darwin, with the help of other naturalists, was able to deduce that all the different breeds of pigeons could trace their lineage back to the common rock-pigeon, at least within the
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