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What sounds does the author compare raccoons mating to, from the compilation All I...

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gaara1012 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM via web

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What sounds does the author compare raccoons mating to, from the compilation All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Robert Fulghum believes that life is too complicated and, in fact, the best lessons ever learnt stem from the early years. For all the technical or advanced thinking anyone may claim to possess, there are a few basic principles that should ensure contentment or at least a less complicated existence.  

In his anecdote involving raccoons, Fulghum, in All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, sets a scene of an old, family retreat, in the woods where "it was wild there then and it is wild there, still." The raccoons are just one of the animals that inhabit the grounds and they spend their mating time underneath the house. It sounds like cats but multiplied in volume and intensity by ten, a "three-alarm"fire, he calls it. .."not what you'd call a sensual and erotic sound."

Fulghum wonders, when he sees the raccoons in their not too "sexy" pose, why love,  genuine human love, is complicated whereas basic animal instinct, is just that. 

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