Picture Of The Scorpion Analysis
Intended Audience: People new to the desert – first-timers or those who love the desert. Mentions Vietnam and satori – who might the actual audience be?
Context: Published in an anthology of essays on environmental literature. When was it published? 1968 – Rise of environmental movement /rings of Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums
Picture of the scorpion
The desert is brimming with life and endless places of interest. Undeveloped space should be coveted, protected, and loved. People should become acquainted with its mysteries and splendors and above all respect and protect it.
Why visit the desert? Because there’s nothing there, nothing but the silent world.” Undeveloped spaces should be valued? Why? To protect all the things he …show more content…
-dehydration, kidney stones
-lists various regions of the great American desert
-then gives us his favorite
Ethos – How is it undermined?
shares his own experience in the desert. Pg. 16 2nd para. And on.
-forest ranger and fire look-out
-Undermined by using old whores and sullen and hostile Indians on welfare p. 20
-Acts like he owns the place – where did he get the authority?
-We get a sense that author and his friend are crazy
-Trying to scare people
-Makes it seem like he is being interviewed, as if he has expertise
-ironic and sarcastic
-Draws you in and makes you feel a part of the conversation
-pg. 17 – Im glad you asked
-Half-ripped, half-baked, half-cocked half-ripped pg. 18 - ethos
Langauge – uses long lists, swears “god-damn camel”
Pathos – we begin to feel his love for the desert.
-Talks about strip mines and power plants
-Describes his friends – characters pg. 18
-Tries to scare us again on page