The Prestigious Ocean World

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The Prestigious Ocean World Waves hitting against the shore, gulls freely wandering around the sand, and sea creatures swimming liberally above or below the abyss are common characteristics which describe the world of the ocean. However, ocean life is by far too enormous to know its ceaseless evolution. Therefore, the nonscientist should gain knowledge through unbiased interpretations of the sea to know what occurs above the ocean or what it holds in its deeps. In Lost Woods, Rachel Carson attempts to eliminate human perspectives of the sea by entering vicariously into the world of the ocean and its strange creatures.
The world of the ocean is filled with incredible forms of life that live instinctively by day and night. Rachel Carson helps us understand this world better through a lyrical piece which demonstrates the ordinary and fantastic lives of sea creatures. “Undersea” paints the non-scientific reader a clear picture of ocean life by interpreting two important themes, “the ancient and enduring ecology that dominates ocean life, and the material immortality that encompasses even the smallest organism” (Lear “Intro to Undersea” 3) But in order to comprehend the different worlds that coexist with each other “we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place and enter vicariously into a universe of all pervading water” (Carson “Undersea” 4). Rachel Carson mentions the underwater traveler as an example of a human perception. If the underwater traveler were to explore the depths of the ocean, that explorer would encounter unknown species and never-ending slides of slopes that will make ocean life by far more complicated to understand. For this reason, Rachel Carson writes from an animal perspective in the “Memo to Mrs. Eales on Under the Sea-Wind” to make the reader feel they are living the lives of sea creatures; Carson “[…] had to…...

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