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Reading and Writing for Literary Response In the essay Green Gulch by Loren Eiseley and the poem The Incident by Countee Cullen a common theme is present The theme established in both works is coming to a knowledge of evil Both writings are written in first person detached where the author is reflecting upon an event that occurred in childhood which may have had a profound impact upon these individuals Is it possible for children at a young age to experience evil My goal is to compare the works in three ways The first way is to show that both works share a common theme Secondly how both of the authors became exposed to a corroding knowledge of evil at a young age and lastly to show the loss of innocence the authors go through after witnessing evil In the essay Green Gulch the author states I think looking back that it must have been a little like a child following goblins home to heir hill at nightfall but nobody threatened me This quote is in reference to his following of the older children from the other part of town The author uses a metaphor to compare the older children to goblins Goblins are often associated with evil mischievousness and maliciousness For instance Loren Eiseley wrote about a place that was a huge pool green and dark with the evening all over it and the trees leaning secretly inward above the waterI remember the quiet and the green ferns touching the green water I remember we played there innocently at first The green written about represents something innocent something pure and fresh To show the mischievousness of the goblins he writes about a turtle They pounded him to death with stones on the other side of the pool while I looked on in stupefied horror I had never seen death before Imagine your first glance at deathyou get shocked into the real
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