Essay on The Loss of Creature by Walker Percy

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The Loss of Creature by Walker Percy During this essay written by Walker Percy, it is clear that his overall opinion of experiencing new things is in the eye of the beholder and/or the hands of those around them and their social status. Percy uses many examples in his writing including that of an explorer, tourist, and local all seeing things for the first time either literally or in a new different light. In this essay, I will play on both sides of regaining experiences, seeing things on a different level then before or the first time. Regaining experiences is a valid argument brought up by Percy as it is achievable. While criticizing each side of the argument, I will also answer questions as to the validity of Percy's argument,…show more content…
This relates to experiencing a site that you have previous knowledge of but have never actually seen it in person. He relates this to tourists coming to see the Grand Canyon for the first time after only seeing postcards and hearing secondhand stories. They have a preconceived expectation of this which ultimately completely rules out having a sovereign experience with such a place comparing to the ultimate discovery of a place. When you have background information provided to you, you form an opinion or idea in your head of how that place will be and if it doesn't live up to that then you are let down by that experience. A great example of this happened to me when I went to visit Cooperstown, NY to see the Baseball Hall of Fame. I hadn't seen any previous pictures of the town but had built up images in my head prior to getting there. I was 12 years old and had never traveled to NY. My parents had never driven there either, and were lost most of the trip. This was accompanied by a steady rainstorm as well as 10 hours of riding in the wrong direction. When we finally arrived in Cooperstown, there was not much to see. It was a small time consisting of a few restaurants, one road in and out, a baseball field, a large lake, 1 golf course, and the Baseball Hall of Fame which did not look so special from the outside. The gloomy weather kept up for the full week I was
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