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- Essay 1
- The Relationship between human begins and the image of nature is a tense one. The story told is of great interest to the other characters in the book it’s self. When such phrases as “death grew hungrier” and “he was close to death” are making this book about how death works its way into the cycle of life and nature. Eventually we die, as if we were just a leaf floating off a tree in the autumn. When death finally comes we are not pre-paired for what is around the corner and thus this is the reason why we have a tense relationship with nature is because we fear death it’s self.
- When Koskoosh quotes “She (nature) had no concern for that concrete thing called the individual” he states the fact that nature sometimes doesn’t protect us from death and just lets us die. Also such sentences like “My voice is become like an old women’s” as well as “Through the long darkness children wailed and died” add more effect to what Koskoosh said about how “nature” had “no concern” for that “concrete thing” called an “Individual”. When these phrases are stated in comparison to what Koskoosh said they sound familiar and similar to what he in fact said.
- The Significance in the story is that we all die someday and that we are not pre-paired for it. Along with what Koskoosh said it makes it more understanding. We are not nature but a concrete thing that walks along its side waiting to be let go and left to die in a cold ditch where nature forgets about us and continues the cycle of life from their death takes us and we are forgotten, forgiven and let go by everyone that had cared for us then.
- Essay 2
- In Jack London’s “The Law of Life”, London expresses that humans are merely a miniscule proportion compared to the big picture of Nature. Whether you were a tribesman, hunter, gatherer, or any key role in an ancient society such as Koskoosh’s, your impact on nature itself was minuscule. Nature provided everything a human needed to survive: food, water, shelter, warmth, etc. Nature may be the nurturer for humans, or any living organism for that matter, but it also is the one that takes life away from living things: hunger, predators, cold, disease, etc. Koskooshs’ tribe respects Nature, for it lets them endure their life. Humans must fear Nature as well. Everything in between creates the “law of life” we see in the book.
- When Koskoosh states “She [nature] had no concern for that concrete thing called the individual”, he means that Nature does not provide for the individual, but for the circle of life. The circle of life is what makes all living organisms be. If there are any interruptions in the circle, all life will collapse. The circle of life has essentially the same meaning as an ecosystem: every living organism relies on others. This perception ties into the significance of Koskoosh’s memory of the moose and wolves. Nature did not care whether it was a moose was dying, or even a new born baby for that matter, the death of the moose provided food for the wolves: it kept the circle of life moving. Koskoosh does not see his death in a tragic perspective, but he sees it as just another way to leave the Earth to support the circle of life. His tribe abandoned him not to punish him, but to keep the tribe moving: not having to deal with the struggles and ordeals that Koskoosh would give to the tribe.
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