Silent Spring Essay

908 Words Sep 27th, 1999 4 Pages
The following quote "The sedge is withr'd from the lake, And no birds sing," (Keats) seems like a very simple sentence with no meaning to it. However, after reading Chapter 6 of
Silent Spring , I realized how loaded the comment is with meaning. The quote is describing humans and how humans treat the plants here on earth. The quote describes a scene where humans continue to destroy plants because they feel that they are in the way or that the plants are not appealing to look at. However, the plants that humans kill each day with chemicals and pesticides end up ruining the complete area and stripping it of the natural beauty of the land. The situation cannot be fair when chemicals are used. Humans today expect that when they
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This left the area without birds singing.
Carson writes about the beauty of the land and plants. She also tells the uses of these so called "weeds" and why they should not be destroyed by chemicals. Carson tells of a way that when the plants need to be removed, they can be removed safely without affecting the land around it the way that chemicals do. Carson does not feel that there is hope for our future. The quote I chose to use tells of no hope either. The quote is telling that this is what happens when chemicals are used. In the world today more and more chemicals are being produced to kill off certain plants. Today's knowledge of chemicals is increasing and each day more people are replaced with the work of machines. These machines make it easy to spread the chemicals across the land and can only do harm in this situation of our environment
. Increasing pollution of these chemicals are also destroying the ozone. When there are other ways to rid land of these plants in an area, why should very harmful chemicals be used? I know the answer to this. The world today lives a life where knowledge and less manual labor means better. Although this is the wrong way to look at the beauty and helpfulness of the environment
, poeple still do.
I think that the authors of the quotes are right in being pessimistic. I feel that in the book
Carson is also pessimistic

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