Analysis of Linda Hogan's "Dwellings"

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The beginning of Linda Hogan’s essay “Dwellings” the descriptions of the intricate tunnels at the face of the rock wall, like hundreds of small caves, made me think of what the human race might look like from a different perspective. We look at our homes and communities in such a way that allow us to continue through our lives seeking happiness and fretting over things that don’t really matter. But we rarely look at what the scope of our lives might be. The single sentence, “This hill is a place that could be the starry skies at night turned inward into the thousand round holes where solitary bees have lived and died,” (456-457) strikes fear into anyone’s heart who is living a life of passivity and actions based on whim, especially those solitary. To compare your life and all your efforts to those of creatures here on this earth with shorter live-spans creates an odd perspective not to be disregarded. Later in the description, the narrator speaks of longing to be in the wilderness, the ebb and flow of real life untouched by the blackening had of man. It is a sad twist, for the narrator clarifies that such a place was only a sanctuary of thought, to retreat to only in spirit and mind, but not in actuality. This idea may imply the idea that humans cannot escape their humanity. That returning to nature could never be possible once we’ve been changed from it so. It is in our wiring to seek pleasure, and instincts take over even for the most civilized of people. But not wired into us, not pounded into our brains, but often found, is the need for personal satisfaction. Self-actualization, hope to better ourselves and those around us to some extent. To share in life with those we love, or find someone we hope to love. For all these things and understand, no matter how disappointing, that the narrator is correct, humans cannot return to any such
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