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.