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Rachel Carson, the author of "Obligation to Endure," claims that man isdestroying the earth by science, specifically by the use of chemicals
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Rachel Carson, the author of "Obligation to Endure," claims that man is
destroying the earth by science, specifically by the use of chemicals. Throughout
Carson's essay, she points out "man's war against nature" (458); by using chemicals on,
for example, crops to produce better agriculture, man has too much power and control
Carson begins her claim by offering statements about how man has and is
destroying the environment. She accuses man of "poisoning" nature through the use of
chemicals. The chemicals are harmful, Carson says, "and pass mysteriously by
underground streams until they emerge and, through the alchemy of air and sunlight,
combine into new forms that kill vegetation, sicken cattle, and work unknown harm on
those who drink from once pure wells" (457). Carson quotes Albert Schweitzer a
physician who says, "man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation"
(457). Carson gives the reader facts and details about these chemicals and how they
eliminate not just the "bad" but also the "good" insects and plants for example, that
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