`` Desert Solitaire, By Edward Abbey Essay

1177 Words Oct 16th, 2016 5 Pages
We live in a world divided by two spheres: the industrialized, human world and the natural world. Today, in the twenty-first century, our lives are encapsulated by machines and industry. Generally speaking, we live in an age of cement and wires and concrete. Because this seemingly indestructible barrier, it can be difficult to see how vital it is for nature to be experienced and appreciated in our everyday lives.
Nature’s importance and purpose often goes unnoticed or unappreciated in our industrial societies. But, by looking hard enough through the glare of light reflecting off of our automobiles, buildings, and street signs, its remarkable beauty can leave your speechless.
To Edward Abbey, author of the novel “Desert Solitaire,” nature’s beauty is indescribable. Throughout the course of his story, Abbye expresses difficulty trying to depict his experience to the reader. He used enormous lists filled to the brim with visuals and sensory images about everything he sees: colors, textures, smells. At the start of the novel, Abbey expressed his desire to avoid using words that equate the natural world with our human world. He states that “the personification of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to eliminate for good.” (Abbey 6). It’s interesting, however, that as the novel continues.
Abbey has a more difficult time drawing this line between our world and the natural world. But, maybe the forced separation of these two spheres is only adding to…

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