In this article, I felt that the writer uses imagery to show the difference between the environments after much abuse by the humans that inhabit it. It describes the life that the environment would have prior to the neglect and also describes the effect of years of abuse. It describes the surroundings as “…prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields. In autumn, oak and maple and birch set up a blaze of color…” It included the countless birds and how people once traveled to have a chance to see them and also to fish the streams.
However, if the environment is not treated correctly, and we continue to abuse the wonderful resources and organisms that live on this planet with us, this could all change. “Mysterious maladies swept the flocks of chickens; the cattle and sheep sickened and died.” This is how it is explained in the article. These descriptions allow the opportunity to realize the severity of our actions as beings on this earth. Along with the chickens, cattle, and sheep sickening and dying, new kinds of sicknesses were appearing among doctor’s patients which led to sudden and unexplained deaths. Not only this, but the ability to reproduce and the numbers of bees decreased causing no pollination, thus no fruit.
Rachael Carson explains that she knows of no community that has experienced all of these misfortunes. “Yet every one of these disasters has actually happened somewhere, and, many real communities have already suffered a substantial number of them.” I strongly believe that if we do not start making the changes in our every day lives that are needed to keep our planet alive, then we are going to be the cause of its downfall.
The author Rachael Carson had plans to have an early idea of what she would like to pursue as a career. As a child, she showed early signs of becoming a writer, publishing...