Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

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Environmentalism is the belief in which one advocates for environmental preservation. In Rachel Carson’s narrative Silent Spring, she gives her activist insight on the use of toxic chemicals for the benefit of humanity by exposing the detrimental effects these toxins bring. In comparison to Carson, I perceive myself to have developed my perception of nature through books however, my culture did not allow me to have a one on one interaction with nature. Carson fails to comprehend how traditional values potentially promote an anthropocentric ideology that attributes to the way humans treat the natural world. The author’s modes of argumentation mirror my own perception of nature only to a certain extent because she fails to mention the…show more content…
The environment was just a place people called home, nothing more or nothing less.
Due to the lack of exposure to nature in my childhood I can connect with Carson’s idea that being environmentally informed changes one’s perspective of nature. It was not until I was a teenager that I actually developed a good understanding of what has been happening in the environment and did something about it. Carson describes a “town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields,” (1). The author’s use of imagery makes me reminisce about a summer I spent in Mexico in the middle of fields. One night I went out into beautiful fields of strawberries and as I looked up at the sky I noticed that I could actually see the stars. The sky was a beautiful shade of blue and there were millions of white dots in the sky shining brighter than anything I’ve seen before. This made me think about the city I live where all I see is smog and dark blue skies. At that time I was curious as of why the skies of my town did not looks clear and bright. Similarly, to Carson I developed my perception of nature by questioning the way nature looked and understanding environmentalism. Considering my experience with my own culture, it

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