Peter Owen 's Burning The Shelter, And Robin Kimmerer 's Learning The Grammar Of Animacy
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Ever since the first day of class, one theme remained constant throughout the semester- “the dangers of a single story.” Standing tall at the top of the syllabus, I knew that this phrase would become something more than words. That night we all watched a video where we were introduced and barely scratched the surface of a different way to perceive the world. Looking back, through this class, I gained a new sense of global awareness from the myriad of texts; each of which built upon previous texts to help shed light on issues in different ways. Arguing many of the same issues, the texts approached their arguments in different ways, which served to ensure that we did not face “the dangers of a single story.” In particular Louis Owen’s “Burning the Shelter” and Robin Kimmerer’s “Learning the Grammar of Animacy” display this relationship ultimately leading the reader to develop a superior understanding of the world.
The two short stories mentioned above advance almost identical assertions that we should be in harmony and respectful of our environment, but unveil it to the reader in separate ways thus preventing the reader from only being one dimensional in comprehension. In Owen’s “Burning the Shelter,” a park ranger tears down and burns a broken shelter. After, he makes a realization “that what I called ‘wilderness’ was an absolute absurdity, nothing more than a figment of the European imagination.” He thus states that the existence of the wilderness is no more real than a