Posted by: szolnickfsem | 13th Feb, 2008

Muir and Milton

From reading these two selections, I learned how views can differ about nature and human experience. Reading Muir’s essay, I can tell that his perspective on nature is very personal. The entire writing is his own direct experience in nature and the “wilderness.” He seems to love and enjoy being outside and uses incredible detail to describe his experience to make the reader believe they are with him, seeing it first hand. This is different from some of the other writers because they usually just talk about nature and rarely is their entire essay a first-hand experience.

Milton’s writing describes her view that “nature in general is constructed as personal, in the sense of being governed by international agents, by many religious beliefs and practices and as impersonal by many, but not all, scientific beliefs and practices.” I feel that this is her primary argument.

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