Art of Travel, Summary Essay

Summary essay

Individuals and Landscapes   intrinsic connection   nature can alter the identity and outlook of an individual, moreover the textual forms that a text employs, ultimately shapes the meaning that it conjures.   Text deals with ubiquitous yet peculiar notion   Travelling for emotion   Mode = pastiche = Didactic

“Identities are to a greater or lesser extent malleable; that we change according to whom - and sometimes what – we are with”   W.W

Intertextuality   “Nature can so inform the mind that is within us”   Nature rectifies a man’s feelings to render them more “Sane, pure and permanent”   , instances of this sanity, purity and permanence seen in L.S   De botton uses the personification of flowers as models of “Humility and meekness”   highlight that natural landscapes can ultimately suggest certain values

Relationships with Real landscapes can have a direct correlation with the relationships people have with one another   “Locate good in oneself”   Better around others   Nature inspires respect   Much needed quality in relationships   “Two people standing on the edge of a rock overlooking a stream, with each other” (Analogy) In the face of cliff indifferences are lost in its vastness   Personification as cliff “Teaching us” To respect all

The varying landscapes, from city, to country, have contrasting impacts on an individual’s emotions, attitudes and thoughts. The text highlights the clear dichotomy of town and country and their effects on individuals by employing Wordsworth’s poem

Juxtapostion   between “The din of towns and cities” and the “Tranquil restoration   the contrasting nature of landscapes, this ultimately is mirrored in the relationships individuals have with the landscapes   Rhetorical Q   Why would proximity to a cataract, a mountain or any other part of nature render one less likely to experience ‘enmities and low desires’ than proximity to crowded streets?”   Country = Trees were an image of patience too…no ill...