Silent Spring and If I Forget Thee Oh Earth Essay

560 WordsApr 23, 20143 Pages
"Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us." ~Henrik Tikkanen Above is a quote by Henrik Tikkanen, which: at first sight, may seem to contradict itself, but going further in depth; it makes perfect sense. In "Silent Spring" it informs the reader about the destruction of the delicate balance of nature by the wholesale use of insecticides. Rachel Carson carefully explains what the balance of nature is. She describes the balance of nature of the soil, of the earth’s waters, and of the organisms of the earth. Then she informs the reader of the ways chemical poisons upset that balance and thereby kill life. Where as in "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth, Marvin's father tells Marvin the story of earth's destruction, which he has heard before, but has not understood until now. Without the regular supplies sent from earth, they had to adapt to the hostile environment of the moon, their new home in exile. Both are poignant stories that have a very similar message given; due to both of the author's themes. Throughout "Silent Spring" Carson displays the balance of nature being destroyed by the widespread use of insecticides. Rachel Carson carefully explains what the balance of nature is. She describes the balance of nature of the soil, of earth’s waters, and of the organisms of the earth. Carson is saying that everything on earth is interdependent for survival, and when one thing changes or one species is harmed by human actions it affects every other living thing as well. Carson gives specific examples for the earth, rivers, plants, and animals of the ways chemical poisons upset that balance and kill them and many other species by mistake. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" is the story of Marvin, a child who lives in a lunar colony. One day, his father drives him across the surface to see a glimpse of Earth, glowing with lethal radiation. The

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