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:
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species—man—acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.
Carson also uses imagery and metaphor to describe pollution, terming it a "chain of evil." She employs refutation to state that in nature today "there is no time" in the modern world for life to adjust to the assaults of mankind's damage to the environment, though she concedes that when left alone, nature has, over time, rebounded from naturally occurring radiation. Carson also quotes Albert Schweitzer's use of personification to enhance the ethos of her argument:
Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
Carson opens chapter 17, "The Other Road," with an allusion to Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken," but instead of fully borrowing his...
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