Ms. A. Stephens
English 104, Section M70
8 March 2002
The United States Government and Out Land
The United States government is known to give its citizens great advise with much care and concern. With this being known, many people come to the conclusion that United States citizens can faith in the government when it comes to making crucial decisions. Terry Tempest Williams is not one of these people. In "The Clan of the One-Breasted Women", Williams gives her views on the government conducting nuclear tests in Utah. In contrast, in "America's Energy Plan in Action: Bearing Witness," an article Williams contributed to Orion magazine and OrionOnline, Williams speaks on issues containing actions of the government drilling for oil and natural gases. This is also conducted in Utah. Both of these articles share a common topic and tone. These two pieces both focus around major concerns for the Earth and how the government will is helping to destroy it for things like nuclear testing and drilling for oil and gases.
Most Mormons refrain from confrontation, but Williams is not the type to let issues that are of concern blow over. In "The Clan of the One-Breasted Women," the urge to protest and fight back is so intense that she dreams about it. Williams feels as though the nuclear testing in Utah is the cause of the many people that is suffering from cancer. She has pretty convincing evidence. She states that no one in her family, but one, had breast cancer preceding 1960. She also goes on to state that the government tested atomic bombs from January 27, 1951 through July 11, 1962. Williams made a bold statement that convincing the public that the testing was not hazardous to human's health was just a matter of good public relations person of the government. Her tone towards the government is light. She is infuriated with the government because of this and shows it in her tone. She also has a sarcastic tone that would irritate anyone.
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