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Silent Spring

“A Fable for Tomorrow” was intended by the author Rachel Carson to serve as a warning for the overuse of pesticides in the eco-system. Published in 1962, the town described in the essay initially...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2013, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In many of the chapters of Silent Spring, author Rachel Carson ends by speaking of methods of pest control that are alternatives to using toxic chemicals. One example is seen in Chapter 9 in which...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016, 6:03 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In chapter 1 of Silent Spring, “A Fable for Tomorrow,” Rachel Carson uses a number of individual metaphors, and she also employs a conceit, or extended metaphor. A metaphor is a direct comparison...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was written to show the way that pesticides hurt the environment. Carson shows how the toxins in pesticides can travel through the food chain to kill animals who don’t...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Silent Spring is an ecological work meant to delineate the potential dangers of pesticides on the environment. Through her research, Rachel Carson discovered that pesticides such as DDT could have...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Many of Rachel Carson's ideas in Silent Spring seem commonplace to us today, but roughly sixty years ago, when Carson was researching her book, most people were not thinking the way she did. For...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In 1962, Rachel Carson's “Silent Spring” was published. This book created a lot of anger and controversy. The book was written to warn people about all of the problems that could arise from the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009, 10:23 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Imagery, describing using the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and/or smell, is one of the most emotionally persuasive forms of writing. For example, saying that 80,000 children are...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

At the end of chapter one, Carson uses the metaphor of a "grim specter" that has "crept upon us" with a blight that is poisoning the environment and killing plant and animal life. In chapter two,...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 11:26 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In chapter 2, "The Obligation to Endure," Carson uses an em dash to emphasize her claim of fact that humankind has relatively recently acquired the power to alter the environment in this sentence:...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018, 11:01 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In this “fable,” which is chapter 1 of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s lays out two contrasting scenarios, one idyllic and the other apocalyptic. Beginning with an unnamed town in America’s...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

The "conservation of variety," as Carson writes, is a concept articulated by Charles Elton, a British ecologist. What Carson (and Elton) mean by this phrase is directly relevant to her analysis of...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019, 8:32 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In chapter 1 of the book Silent Spring, the town is described as being "in the heart of America . . . in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms." There are also hills with orchards where...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019, 9:46 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, she brings the issue of pesticide use to the attention of the public, the scientists and the industries associated with pesticides. In her book she offers...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012, 6:20 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In two early paragraphs from her book titled Silent Spring, Rachel Carson employs the rhetorical techniques of appeal to authority and use of statistics to strengthen her arguments. Thus, in the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In chapter three of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson explains that ingesting even very small amounts of DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons can have negative health effects on human beings. These...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020, 9:44 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

This excerpt from Silent Spring illustrates how the insecticide DDT is passed on from one organism to another in the food chain. As Carson demonstrates, by the time DDT reaches the final link in...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 10:42 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In chapter 1, Rachel Carson presents a dire prediction for the death of domesticated animals and crops, as well as song birds and vegetation, in the form of a fable. In chapter 2, she briefly...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

It seems commonplace now to accept that chemicals sprayed on plants can have adverse health effects on humans. However, at the time Carson was writing her book, scientists were still struggling to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Both the kitchen and the garden have become synonymous with (and in some cases, symbolic of) women. The kitchen has historically been considered the domain of the woman; through the preparation of...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 1:06 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

By writing a popular nonfiction book, Rachel Carson hoped to sound a wake-up call that would reach and affect the maximum number of people. She wanted to combine scientific evidence with compelling...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018, 4:21 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Because Silent Spring is an important scientific study and a passionate call for public policy changes, and deploys skillful writing in service of both those aspects, your evaluation of the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 5:44 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

While there is a central aim in Carson's work to develop a sense of activism and action within the mind of the reader, there is a certain sense of technical proficiency and accuracy developed...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2009, 8:03 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In the 1960s and 1970s, the term "ecology" was frequently used in discussions about the effect that industry and pollution had on the environment. A corollary term was (and is) ecosystem, meaning a...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018, 4:22 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is a creative nonfiction book about the dangers of pesticides and their detrimental effects on the environment. The main goal of Carson's text is to raise awareness...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In her meticulously researched book Silent Spring, Carson shows how chemicals in the soil, water, and air can have a devastating effect on the environment and move up the food chain to humans...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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All three books are showing the conflict of human impact on the natural world: man against nature. Each book, in its own way, is asking the reader to reconsider their relationship with nature....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

I think Carson is making a stronger argument about what is wrong with human interaction within the state of nature. Her primary assertion is that like all organisms, there is a delicate ecosystem...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In 1963, author Rachel Carson published the controversial and highly influential book Silent Spring. At the time, she was called upon to testify in court about the findings and observations laid...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2017, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Silent Spring was such an important book because it raised awareness of the damage that the large-scale use of pesticides (and human activities more broadly) were doing to the environment. Carson's...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

This is because she believes that "biocides" would be a much more accurate description of what the chemicals do. When we call a chemical a pesticide, we are implying that all it kills is pests....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010, 8:04 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In Silent Spring, Carson gives a detailed explanation of how human cells function, according to the latest, state-of-the-art research of the late 1950s. In short, she says cells rely on oxidation...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019, 11:03 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

While Rachel Carson spends much of Silent Spring explaining the effects of chemicals on the environment, she also details the causes leading to those effects. She especially reveals the harm that...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

The book Silent Spring by environmentalist Rachel Carson sounded the alarm to the consequences of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals that were being used for things like pest control in...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson states that water is our most precious resource. Widespread contamination of water happens not only by the direct dumping of pollutants into the waterways but by an indirect process...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 3:27 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Carson's work played a very large role in the emergence of toxicology as a field that impacted biological sciences and ecology. Considering that the branch focuses upon the "harmful effects [of...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2011, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Carson's work is so profound because it speaks to two specific realities within the culture of pesticide use. The first one is biological. Carson makes the argument that pesticide use is...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2013, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

The moral dilemma posed by chemical spraying is that while it is easy and can often be effective at controlling the immediate problem it is meant to address, it can have unintended consequences....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson was one of the first voices in the modern era to sound the alarm about environmental damage caused by industry and especially the use of pesticides like DDT. She wrote and published...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010, 1:07 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is usually considered the progenitor, or the first instance of, the environmental movement. Prior to the publication of this work, there were some famous individuals...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In Silent Spring, Carson is at pains to show that humans are intimately connected to nature and are not floating above it. What happens to the natural world has a profound effect on us. Carson...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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A moral dilemma is a situation in which what would seem to be necessary action contradicts the moral imperative it is designed or said to uphold. Case in point, DDT, about which Rachael Carson...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009, 10:45 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

I would say that Carson is opposed to all pesticides at the time. Carson sees the use of pesticides at the time as problematic on a couple of levels. The first challenge is that the use of...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Carson's largest claim in Silent Spring is the idea that there is an ecological balance within the natural world. This balances rests with the food chain and a web of life where different...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2009, 8:12 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Carson was an expert in examining the ecosystems around her, and she was also gifted with a talent for writing. When DDT was first used to destroy malaria-causing insects in the South Pacific...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019, 5:06 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Government intervention in the wake of Carson's work was documented. The establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA, was enacted in the Nixon Administration. Its focus was...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010, 5:31 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

I would definitely point you to the eNotes study guide at the link below. http://www.enotes.com/silent-spring

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In Silent Spring, Rachel Carson goes into depth about the damages that our predominant current form of insect control, insecticides, are causing to our crops, land, ecosystems, and bodies. Carson...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 2:13 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

Silent Spring is one of the books that really helped spark the modern environmental movement. As the author documented the negative effects of pollution, she used or touched on a number of major...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2008, 8:46 am (UTC)

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Silent Spring

In Silent Spring, author Rachel Carson criticized the widespread use of pesticides and DDT in particular. She also discussed the negative impact most pesticides had on wildlife. In her opening...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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