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Edward Abbey shows a great respect for nature elevating it perhaps above men in his essay The Serpents of Paradise He does this on many levels and in several ways His writing shows awe for nature in his very descriptions The joy he takes in nature shows itself also in the powerful imagery he uses It is a very raw and emotive feeling he projects while at the same time in a rational scientific light His love for the natural world and his elevation of it is powerful and stunning The writers diction shows a man who finds the world around him amazing and wishes to understand it in a better fashion When he describes his first encounters with a snake at his home he uses several terms of endearment such as fellow creature p 614 and Cousinabbey 615 Abbey maintains the act of killing the snake is comparing it to murder abbey 614 and an affront to morality The writer describes the birds song and his compares it to the flute His word choice reveals a great love for nature and almost a form of worship In addition his word choice reveals a need to rationalize the world around him through science His use of the scientific name of various creatures such as the diamondback Crolatus atroxabbey 614 and the Gopher snake Drymarchon corais couperi abbey 615 shows his deep need to objectively understand nature Abbey states at one quite clear moment in a clear rational manner that he is not giving human motives to his snake and bird acquaintances Abbey 617 This again shows a man who has his wording designed to be rational and logical The imagery the writer provides continues this sense of elevation He describes the canyon itself as a powerful entity to be in feared and respected He describes it as having power over humanity In addition the dance of the snakes in which he lowers himself in
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