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Nature Theme Project
Transcript of Nature Theme Project
Nature is a common thematic idea. Nature is very relevant in the book Huckleberry Finn. Nature is also relevant in today's world. In Huckleberry Finn we explore the thematic idea of nature as Huck and his gang venture down the Mississippi River. Nature affects our world today in many ways, but we mainly focus on the following ways: storms in the United States; deforrestation; global warming; society's effects on nature; and national parks.
A picture of the Mississippi River
Nature is very relevant in today's world. We explore the following nature related topics that affect our world today: deforestation; recent storms in the United States; global warming; national parks and society's effects on nature. Deforestation is a very important topic that is constantly effecting the world today. "The world's rainforests are currently disappearing at a rate of 6000 acres every hour". This is destroying the rainforests' plants and animals. "Some species are at risk of being extinct". We get valuable medical plants from rainforests. Cutting down the forests is risking global environmental damage and will destroy resources we might need in the future. The forests are being cut down to get rubber, coffee, lumber, and to make room for farming. If we recycle and re-use, we could prevent the forests from being cut down. Another important topic is how recent storms have effected the United States.
The most recent storm to hit the United States was hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy cost many people their lives, and cost a lot of money in property damage. Evacuation was ordered of some coastal areas as well as, the main areas of transportation. "In the days and weeks after the storm, the greatest public health threat was from the loss of power." Power was still not fully back to all areas even months after the storm had hit, and only in the daylight hours could contractors regain access to towns on the New Jersey barrier islands. " of the long-term health threats posed by Sandy, the most significant is mold growth in homes that were not properly re mediated after flooding." Healthy people that were exposed to indoor mold would sometimes experience symptoms of coughing, wheezing, and other upper respiratory tract problems, and people who suffered from asthma would have worsened symptoms.
an issue in nature you have probably heard a lot about in the news or read about was global warming. in the article Global Warming: What Happens When You Factor Out the Other Factors says that " A good deal of skepticism has been directed at the claim that there's been little or no warming since the last millennium." the 20th century saw some increase in temperature but the 21st century has seen none. when influences of natural variability are taken away there is no evidence that the warming has slowed. there are many reasons why there would be a change in global temperature. A changed can be caused by el nino - la nina oscillation,solar variations, volcanic eruptions, and green house gases. " the remaining temperature trend, they reasoned, is at least in part, and almost certainly in large part due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases." therefore the current warming can be explained by other factors.
National parks have an effect on nature that you might not have thought about. National parks like the Grand Canyon have brought an uncountable number of tourists to see the beauty and wonder of them. But most tourists don’t realize what they are doing to the nature around them while touring the areas. “While tourists love to see these natural environments in their undisturbed states, they are often at times adding degradation to these parks.” Most tourists are unaware that parking in areas that aren’t designated for parking adds to the destruction of the land, and trampling vegetation is also another factor. Some leave behind garbage and water bottles which also leads to destruction and harm. “The Canyon is not just rocks, valleys, and cliffs, but it’s a place housing over 75 different species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, and 25 species of fish.” When the Canyon is being degraded, it is affecting the homes of these animals and can possibly harm them. National parks attracting tourists can lead to the destruction of nature and cause harm to different species of animals and to the parks themselves. The last topic left to discuss is society's effect on nature. At first, most societies work well, but even strong nations can fall apart because they wasted labor unnecessary tasks. Current European and North American consumption patterns can strain both the environment and natural resources, which can seriously impact society. "Some suggest that the industrialized nations need to drastically change their consumption patterns that are currently seen, as this is depleting resources more than the demands from large populations as seen in many developing nations" Major U.S. environmental groups are attacking junk food chains, like KFC and Pizza Hut, because of their environmental impact. "For every pound of red meat, poultry, eggs, and milk produced, farm fields lose about five pounds of irreplaceable topsoil." Breeding of livestock and poultry for restaurants cause a chain reaction that is bad for the environment. That is how nature is relevant in today's world.
Nature is a very relevant thematic idea in Huckleberry Finn. It is repeatedly demonstrated throughout the book. "He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around" (pg.11). Huck used nature for safety. in that example is father would beat him and instead of going to someone`s house he would sleep in the woods because that's where he was most comfortable, where he felt safe.
"Living in a house and sleeping in a bed pulled on me pretty tight. Mostly, but before the cold weather i used to slide out and sleep in the woods sometimes" (pg.15). even though Huck had a nice home and a bed to sleep in he chose to sleep outside. this is another example of how Huck felt comfortable in nature. Nature is where Huck relaxes.
" I was boss of it; it all belonged to me, so to say, and I wanted to put in the time. I found plenty strawberries ripe and prime; and green summer grapes: and green raspberries and green blackberries was just beginning to show"(pg.39). This shows Huck felt like he owned something. like he was free to explore which made Huck happy. also all these fruits were summertime fruits. summer has a happy and free connotation.
"Which end gets up 1st ... the whole 15 mum"(pg.61). this was when the lady was asking him tons of questions about farms. Huck answered every question which shows his knowledge towards farms. The reader is shown Hucks knowledge of the outdoors in this chapter.
" The water was 3 or 4 feet deep... a wall of high bluffs"(pg.54). this paragraph describes the Mississippi river after it storms and how the waves are violent and the river is high. this proves and provides the reader with information on what the characters are going through and how they are traveling. Also its in Hucks prospective so we see how he vies the river.
Illustration of Huck Finn
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"Preserving the Rainforest." Saving the Rainforest. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. <http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/preserve.html>.
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Nature can be put in anything. each story has nature, our economy struggles with nature, and we also celebrate nature. So this then proves that nature can have a great effect on our world and ideas. Thus in saying that the idea of nature can not have only one thematic statement that can sum up everything. In Huck Finn there are many spots in the book where nature effects the plot, therefore saying it is a great role in the book. Our world and Huck Finn is not entirely made off of nature, but it do have a great impact on them