Analysis Of Silent Spring By Rachael Carson

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Silent Spring written by Rachael Carson is considered to be the landmark on environment. The book showed the real picture of the damaging effects of pesticides on the environment especially birds. Published in 1962, the book became the turning point in the history of America which led President John F. Kennedy to form a special team to confirm the facts of the book which ultimately led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and finally banning of DDT. The book had a huge impact on everyone as the public became aware of the effects and also the strong opposition which Carson faced made the problem become more exposed. Rachael Carson started writing the book after her friend Olga Owens Huckins noticed the death of birds …show more content…
The book discusses as to how DDT (dichloro-trichloror-ethane) which is one of the poisonous chemicals enters the food chain and gets into the fatty tissues of animals including humans causing cancer and genetic damage. DDT killed the untargeted insects and animals too in the process of killing the targeted ones making the targeted ones more immune to it. Carson adds instances giving details of gypsy-moth campaigns that killed fishes, crabs and birds along with gypsy moth; about fire-ant program me that killed cows but not the fire ants. DDT contaminated the food supply. The books most haunting chapter- “A Fable for Tomorrow”, depicted a nameless American town where all life from fish to birds to apple blossoms to human children had been “silenced” by the insidious effects of DDT. Carson then discusses the effects of pesticides in water, soil and plants on earth. First she discusses the effects on waters as to how water gets contaminated by the use of insecticides on earth. This way the water bodies along with all the living beings in the water bodies get contaminated. This way the author makes people aware of the water bodies by making them see the ill effects on the …show more content…
There has also been the use of emotions like the way she portrays the tragedy that requires no remarks. For example she gives the instance “In Florida, two children found an empty bag and used it to repair a swing. Shortly thereafter both of them died and three of their playmates became ill. The bad had once contained an insecticide called parathion, one of the organic phosphates; tests established death by parathion poisoning.” She gives information and lets the reader evaluate it. This way she brings forward an argument and wins it. In order to convince her readers she uses the method of scientific and logical explanation of the fact and the moral/ethical value of the world. Her aim is persuasive in the matter of content and the narrative model is elevated in style and is in storytelling form. The title of the book “Silent Spring” is inspired by John Keats poem, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” which had the lines- ‘The sledge is withered from the lake/ And no birds sing.” Thus the first chapter of the book where she mentions that there are no birds in the city where once there were melodious birds. The important theme of the book is the imbalance of nature created by the toxic chemicals and the book gives the message to the world even after several years since its publications. She reached higher realms in the field of

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