The Obligation to Endure

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The Obligation to Endure Rachel Carson challenges the progress that this world has taken and questions if it is truly progress at all. We as humans endanger and harm ourselves in ways that we are often unaware of. Carson persuades her audience, the progressive intellectuals, in her book, “Silent Spring”, that the use of chemicals is causing destruction and should be put to an end. She concentrates her ideas in the chapter “The Obligation to Endure”, where she goes against the horrible consequences of chemical use on pests. She elaborates on the issue of spraying chemicals and if it is increasing or decreasing the progress in the world. Carson’s article states that we are hurting ourselves more than we benefit ourselves from the spraying of harmful chemicals, and that we endanger our environment with these chemicals. In order to persuade the progressive intellectuals of this argument, Carson provides data to show the actual harm the pollution from the chemicals is causing, and provokes fear in her audience. In order to make her argument appear reasonable, Rachel Carson uses scientific observation to demonstrate how chemicals are the cause of killing pests. Carson provides rational examples to show the harm that pollution is causing to the earth and pests. Carson states, “Can any one believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on this earth without making it unfit for all life?” (605). Rachel Carson is trying to prove that spraying chemicals is not relevant because it causes harm to nature and anything else that comes in contact with the chemicals itself. Carson uses this scientific observation to prove that the cycle is continuous; all it is doing is causing more harm. As is it perceived, Carson feels passionately toward the environment and wants her audience to feel the same way. To expand on her argument, Carson uses statistics on

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