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How a authors background impacts their writing
Transcript of How a authors background impacts their writing
Cry the Beloved country
Game Warden Game Warden
By Willie J. Parker In 1966 Mr. Parker transferred from Kentucky to Maryland to take over as Head Game warden. Mr Parker had spent his whole life growing up around, and working With the Fish and Game Program in the U.S. He was dedicated to his work, and throughout his years as a officer, he helped re-establish the law on the Chesapeake bay. Helping to recover and restore many of the fisheries and game populations that had be over harvested through years of poaching. Cry the Beloved Country
By ALAN PATON Mr. Parker spent most of his career in Maryland preserving the Waterfowl populations. The high demand in the cities for birds led to over hunting, and populations soon dwindled to unbearably low numbers. Preserving the Waterfowl populations on the Chesapeake Bay become Willie's life work, and one can undoubtedly say, his efforts and to reform game laws and preserve populations played a major role in managing the waterfowl populations of the Atlantic Flyaway. "My interest in wildlife will never dim. There is something mystical beyond explanation, in the way man relates to wildlife. I cannot explain it, but a flight of ducks or geese against a brilliant sunrise or sunset provides me with something I must have. It is essential that future generation not be deprived of the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of these flights. But only a conscientious effort of dedicated people can assure the continuation of this marvel of nature.
On November 2, 1982, about 2 o'clock in the morning, I was awakened from a deep sleep. I sat bolt upright in my bed, wondering what had disturbed my sleep. Then I heard them, Canada geese, faint at first but getting louder. Without turning on any light, I made my way through the darkened house and out on my patio. They were overhead and moving south. I witnessed their passage between me and the full moon. I stood perfectly still and strained to hear their melodic calls that grew fainter by the minute, and then, it was quiet. I'm at peace with the world, by their passing; I know that God's in his heaven and all's right with my world.
Page 275 This passage is one of the Last in Willie Parker's book about his experiences on the Bay. This passage says a lot about him. Willie did what he loved everyday, and that was preserving the bay so everyone could enjoy it for many years to come. He had great respect for the land in which he looked after. The Chesapeake bay was his life, and for all the time he spent with her, she truly became part of him. Willie Parkers countless days spent on the Chesapeake Bay have influenced his whole book. The knowledge he shares is not something that one can learn in school, its gained through years experience. He never takes credit for all he did to sustain wildlife populations their on the bay. But by reading his work, the reader can come to appreciate all he has done. He was a pioneer for game wardens and a last chance for waterfowl. His experiences and opinions show through his writing, and his time as a game warden really is portrayed through his book. "To know the bay intimately you must know and appreciate her people. The rugged independent waterman for example, who take their livelihood from her bounty, face the bays changing moods daily, and who develop a love for the bay that transcends any other emotion. The shore dwellers, islanders, hunters, pleasure boaters, amateur fishermen, tugboat operators, pilots and many others all share in the spacial web of relationships woven by the magnetically attractive, endlessly rewarding extension of the sea.
Finally, to know the bay you must become aware of the great range of responses it evokes. Since her first influence on me, I have been moved to probe her history, contemplate what she must have been like before records were kept, and simply to stand in awe of the power that created her"
page 6 In this passage Mr. Parker describes a feeling that few people still have. The more one spends with the bay the more one comes to appreciate and develop a love for it. Although Mr. Parker didn't grow up on the bay, his work and passion quickly made up for that. Parker's experiences on the water and in the air over Chesapeake, have provided him with priceless knowledge in which he used to write his book, and share his experiences. Alan Patton was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on January 11nth 1903. After graduating from Maritzburg College in 1918, Alan went to the university of Natal, then went off to become a science teacher in 1925. Early on in Alan Paton's career he began taking interest in the relation and interactions between different races. He then joined the South African institute of race relation around 1930. After 1935 Alan became the principal of a African Boys Reformatory in Johannesburg. He continued to work to improve race relations in the 1940s. He also worked on revising and changing unequal laws and punishments. In the late 1940's Alan published "Cry the Beloved Country", just around the time of apartheid and unrest in South Africa. At this point in Alan's life he began to take a interest in politics, becoming vice-president of the liberal party, helping to terminate racial party's and groups in South Africa. In April of 1988, Alan passed away the age of 85. Alan Paton Grew up in South Africa during a time where apartheid ruled the land. Although he was a white man, and was superior to the blacks, however he treated them as equals. Fought for their rights and worked towards a South African society where the Blacks were treated equally to the white race. "But even if it be true that we have, out of fear and selfishness and thoughtlessness,wrought a destruction that we have done little to repair, even fit be true that we should be ashamed of it and do something m ore courageous and forthright than we are doing, their is nevertheless a law, and it is one of the most monumental achievements of this defective society that has made a law and has set judges to administer it, and has freed those judges from any obligation whatsoever but to administer the law, But a Judge may not trifle with the law because the society is defective. If the Law is the law of a society that must be changed. In the meantime their is an existing law that must be administered, and it is that sacred duty of the judge to administer it. And the fact that he is left free to administer it must be counted as righteousness in a society that in many other respects not be righteous. I am only pointing out that a judge cannot, must not,dare not allow the existing defects of society to influence him to do anything but administer the law.........It is true that the victim was a black man and that their is a school of thought that which would regard such an offense as less serious when the victim is black." page 200 This rather long paragraph sums up the court system and corruption in the courts of South Africa. It explains that if a black person were to be injured as the result of a crime the court would pay less attention to the situation. However if a white person is hurt or killed by a black person, the court penalties placed on the black person will be much more severe. This is one of the exact problems that Alan Paton worked hard to fix during his life in South Africa. By mentioning and addressing the problems of South Africa in his book "Cry the Beloved Country", Paton was able to inform other people about the equality and injustice in his country, in hopes of promoting change. Through lifelong hard work from several white South africans, such as Alan Paton, life was brought back to the native peoples. Through restoration efforts by the whites, the Natives were able to begin farming again and become more self reliant once more. The land was brought back from a barren wasteland to more fruitful valleys, where the natives could carry out their traditional lives. Paton shows this, towards the end of his book, when Jarvis begins to help Kumalo's village. After looking further into Alan Patons life, I feel that Alan tried to portray some of his traits into the character of James Jarvis. The way Jarvis was able to look at the situation from the natives point of view, and go as far as help them acquire a new church and jump start the natives farming wise, are both acts of kindness that Paton would have done. He promoted equality throughout his whole life. By putting South Africa's problems into a published book, that portrayed the problem and how they could be handled, he was able to be heard. "Cry the Beloved Country" is more than just a book, it was a plan to get South Africa back on its feet. Works Cited
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