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In the book The Bear what was Ike McCaslin proper relationship with humans and the land?

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jone | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2009 at 3:16 AM via web

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In the book The Bear what was Ike McCaslin proper relationship with humans and the land?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM (Answer #1)

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In the story "The Bear" the young boy grows up participating in adventures in the wilderness.  He learns to love the wilderness. Ike moves back in firth in age from 16 to 10 years when he kills his first deer. Throughout the book he begins to see the deterioration of the wilderness.  He begins to develop an understanding of the destruction that the humans are doing to the land and nature.  He feels that humans need to take a social responsibility to protect the wilderness.   In many ways he is a revolutionary character who demonstrates modernistic traits of an awakening moral conscience and environmental protector.  He knows that man is the only one who can protect nature because man is the one destroying nature.

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