National Parks: Our Own Eden

I am currently taking English 231 this semester and coincidentally we are reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost. While typing a paper for that class, it occurred to me that it had a lot of relation to this class. Paradise Lost is basically the story of the beginning of the world. More importantly, it is the story of the world’s first national park created by God, Eden.

In class today, we discussed John Muir’s article Our National Parks Chapter 1, The Wild Parks and the Forest Reservations of the West. After going over his article, I found a connection with it and my book that I am reading for English class. Muir talks about the parks so profoundly that it almost seems as though nature is perfect; a paradise in its own right. Nature seems so peaceful and harmonious. Like Eden, everyone got along. Animals and humans worked together. Nature even seemed to be apart of the humans and animals that inhabited its grounds. It was like watching a Disney film. Sunny days with singing and happiness everywhere. Until man messed everything up.

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One thought on “National Parks: Our Own Eden

  1. Kendra, I’m glad you made this connection. In one of our last class meetings we’ll be talking about a book, “Paradise Wild,” and the author makes these same connections, though he is critical of them. His concern is that if we model our concept of nature after our concept of Eden, then we’re in trouble and he tries to offer to different ideas.

    While this is a good idea, it is too short. This is like an abstract for a longer post. I’d suggest you edit this to give it more context, flush out the ideas, be specific about the details of both readings.

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