The Theme of Isolation in Various Literature

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The Theme of Isolation in Various Literature

In this essay all of the literature I have chosen will have to do with isolation. {1} When people have been isolated they don't see other people for a long time and this can lead to make a person stronger or make them weaker. In a live and death situation in can give them the extra will to live that you didn't have before. It can make him stronger and become his ally or it can beat him. When you are alone it makes you think about things that you never thought about before and make you work harder at the task at hand.

"Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat, is a plea for understanding and preservation of the wolf that is being harried into extinction by humanity. Mowat's philosophy is that it does not pose a threat to other wildlife and, in fact, is not a danger or a competitor of any consequence to humans.

In 1973, the Canadian government's wildlife service assigned Farley Mowat to investigate the rumor that hoards of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou. Mowat is dropped alone on the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their ways of life. He learned something of their language and how they conveyed "news" over great distances. He found out the meaning behind the Eskimo saying, "the wolf keeps the caribou strong." Mowat observed strong family ties among wolves and he finished his long assignment by having great compassion for them. And he concluded with the realization that the wolf in fact is very different from the wolf of a legend.

When the book was published there was no more than 1200 wolves existing. Compare this to the 2000 the year before. I hope there is still time to prevent another human error against nature. "the elimination from this planet of a fellow creature which has at least an equal right to life" {2} I think people need to look at how we coincide with nature in the future. Only 1200 wolves in the whole north, at this rate our destiny surely spells disaster. Are there any circumstances under which people should be permitted to kill wolves? You could come up with a reason, just as there are circumstances when people should be permitted to kill other people. The point is that not many reasons are legitimate. If it is posing a threat to you alright, but don't eradicate the whole species because of one incidence.

According to a article in the JuneJuly 1987 issue of "Outdoor Canada" people in the N.W.T. are learning to adapt and work with the wildlife rather than against it. People are starting to take their environment less for granted.

Isolation, in term of its influence in the novel, remains incredibly prevalent. I think that if you, the reader, were to focus on how isolation influenced Mowat's methodology of study, you would recognize how it inadvertently became his ally. Upon receiving his assignment the "Lupine Project" we learn about Mowat's interest and love of the study of living animals in their own habitat. Once assigned to this futile and desolate tundra his task flourishes with great resolution and interest. Because of extreme isolation, with very little room for distraction, Mowat communicates new discoveries of the Canis lupus and through time he reveals that wolves are fellow creatures and have a equal right to live.

"The Mad Trapper" by Rudy Weibe is an insightful novel that provides the reader with a excellent three-dimensional picture of the adverse conditions that are confronted in the northern setting. Many hours of research, writing, and speculation has resulted from the famous arctic pursuit of the mad trapper by the R.C.M.P. during the winter of 31 and 32. The attempts to reveal some understanding of the unorthodox manhunt which still even today remains futile, have lead Rudy Weibe to provide us with a fascinating perspective on the story itself.

Spike Millen is the leader of the manhunt who undergoes changes as the...
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