Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains In The 1930's

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“How, if at all, does Cather’s account of people’s attitude toward the environment anticipate or explain the environmental tragedy described by Worster?” In examining the question posed, we find that the people of Willa Cather’s novel, “O Pioneers!” were very committed to the land they held. The characters described believed that the land would either work with them or against them and their optimism assured them that it was only a matter of time before it would turn in their favor. They experienced the hardships brought on by a fickle environment and endured; hoping that one day the land would reward their faithfulness. In Donald Worster’s book, “Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s”, we see the repercussions of individuals who were not willing to wait on Mother Nature’s evolving ways. In Cather’s novel we see people who were patient with the land but took their turn with it when it was willing. In Worster’s work we see people who are not willing to wait their turn and exploited the land to the point of its utter destruction. Life in the southern plains of the 1800s was difficult at best for the families who had settled there. It was important for families to own land as this was paramount to their survival. The Bergson family followed the hopes and dreams of…show more content…
These people were hungry for money and triumph at any cost. Their desire for riches was so great that eventually the land had had enough and shut down. When the land attempted to communicate that it needed rest to renew, the people of that day wouldn’t listen. They forced past the initial warning signs and worked the land over once more. The earth then communicated that it was no longer interested in gently asking for a break and it revolted loud and clear through the sound of great gusts of wind and resounding emptiness within the

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