A Comparative Analysis Paper between
”Territorial Behavior” and “The Brown Wasps”
A Tree in Your Heart
When one watches Animal Planet, it is fascinating to discover that mice have their holes, pigeons have their nests, dogs have their doghouses, and even dragons have their lairs. What about humans? Loren Eiseley’s “The Brown Wasps” and Desmond Morris’s “Territorial Behavior” illustrate that, as well as animals, humans tend to cling to a special territory which provides them with a sense of belonging and protection. This theme is deeply rooted in everyone’s subconscious mind. Everyone searches for this territory, builds it, lives on it, and dies for it. In the readings, Eiseley narrates four philosophic and poetic stories, using significant and vivid symbols to express homesickness, while Morris divides “territorial behavior” into three categories, using vague classifications and simple examples to convey the same sentiment. However, the imagination-based “The Brown Wasps” leaves readers a more memorable and persuasive impression than the fact-based “Territorial Behavior.”
In the first essay, Eiseley narrates a series of lively and thought-provoking anecdotes and suggests deep in each human heart lives a kind of homing instinct. Special territories and the related memories are what the characters hold on to. Even though nests, hives, and stations disappear physically, they are “still part of elusive world that existed nowhere and yet everywhere” (160) in the characters’ hearts.
With reference to structure, “The Brown Wasps” is concise and carefully constructed into four anecdotes which develop independently and are seemingly unrelated; however, the same theme of the homing instinct combines all of them tightly, making the essay whole. The essay begins with a description of a place in a train station where homeless men sleep to reveal the concept of belonging. The second anecdote is about an unseen mouse attempting to burrow into Eiseley's houseplant pot...