The Slaughter of Pigeons: Ethics of Hunting

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Week 61

Week 6
Joseph Robbins
HUM 335
Christina Baker
April 21, 2013

Week 62

1.From “The Slaughter of Pigeons” in Chapter 6, What is the author’s claim about the ethics of hunting? What specific words does the author use to “stack the evidence” for his claim? Knowledge of the characters and their histories is not necessary to appreciate "The Slaughter of the Pigeons" because we can interpret through each character's actions Cooper's underlying message. The villagers firing haphazardly into the flock is a universally ridiculous image. Between the slaying of multiple birds with one blind shot to the unleashing of the overpowered swivel canon on the flock, it isn't hard to notice Cooper's criticism of the settler's careless destruction of wildlife.

The character of Leather-Stocking serves as an environmental exemplar. He skillfully demonstrates shooting down a single pigeon and uses the exploit to help imbue the villagers with a bit of conservationist wisdom, not to take from nature more than what they need. Having communicated the story's moral, Cooper closes the scene with the image of the multitude of dead or dying birds strewn across the ground. This image is a clear warning of the ugly pointlessness of the settler's slaughter. 2.From “A Blizzard under Blue Sky” in Chapter 6, Write a “claim of policy” that this story suggests for an individual who is battling depression. Does the claim have merit? Explain. I thought "A Blizzard Under Blue Sky" was a wonderful story and achieved exactly what it intended to. It provoked happiness, maybe even amazement, based on the fact that upon setting out Houston was initially skeptical about the healing power of the natural world, and in turn found how revolutionary an extreme experience can be. What is most interesting is that Houston Week 63

immediately turned down anti-depression medication. Most people would be thrilled at the prospect of a pill filling the void in their lives. Pam Houston had a...
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