Essay on Silent Spring
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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 kill a plant…show more content…
Birds sang and took baths in it. When chemicals were used, the lake became contaminated and along with that the birds left that area. In the Chapter, Carson describes a situation like this. It was a situation where sage was destroyed. When this happened the animals that used this sage slowly went along with it. The quote “and no birds sing” is telling of after the area was damaged by chemicals and the sedge was withr’d, the animals that adapted there also felt withr’d and damaged so they left. 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 enviroment. Increasing pollution of these chemicals are also destroying the ozone. When there are other ways to rid
The Power of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring Essay
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The Power of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring and was greeted with a roar of protest and approval. After years and years of controversy and skepticism surrounding its argument, Silent Spring was and still is recognized as a perceptive warning of things in progress and things to come. The book set the stage for the first real and effectual environmental movement.
In 17 chapters, many of which can stand alone as essays, Carson develops a deceptively simple premise: the use and overuse of synthetic chemicals to control insect pests introduces these chemicals into the air, water, and soil and into the food chain where they poison animals and humans, and disrupt the many intricate…show more content…
Carson’s other books, Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us (which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 86 weeks), and The Edge of The Sea all focus on nature’s strength and the inter-connectedness of nature and all living things. But DDT exposed the vulnerability of nature and I think this influenced the writing of Silent Spring. DDT was the most powerful pesticide in the world at the time of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Unlike most pesticides, whose effectiveness is limited to destroying one or two types of insects, DDT was capable of killing hundreds of different kinds at once. Developed in 1939, it first distinguished itself during World War II, clearing South Pacific islands of malaria-causing insects for U.S. troops, while in Europe being used as an effective de-lousing powder. Its inventor was awarded the Nobel Prize.
When DDT became available for civilian use in 1945, there were only a few people who expressed second thoughts about this new miracle compound. One was nature writer Edwin Way Teale, who warned, "A spray as indiscriminate as DDT can upset the economy of nature as much as a revolution upsets social economy. Ninety percent of all insects are good, and if they are killed, things go out of kilter right away." Another was Rachel Carson, who wrote to the Reader's Digest to propose an article about a series of tests on DDT being conducted not far from where she lived in Maryland. The magazine rejected the idea.
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