Force of Nature
Force of Nature
In the short story David the author uses characterization and imagery to send across the message of the majestic beauty of nature yet the danger that it can hide if men try to overcome it . It is through the characterization of the narrator that we are able to see the strong meaning. This paper will demonstrate how the story sends across the message and show several examples of how the author’s use of characterization and imagery helps display a strong meaning
In David we perceive the world through the experiences of Bobby, David’s companion on his climbs, who has a very young approach to nature that make it seems like he has not been climb for quite as long as David, often referring to nature with attribute we associate with humans, referring to trees as out stretched fists. Further proof that Bobby might not be as experienced with nature so much as David appears when they chance upon a wounded hawk, Bobby interaction is much what we would expected from so one who has not taken into consideration what his actions would mean for the bird, in this instance he wants to nurse the creature, but the animal is beyond healing, and would only have lead a life through the bars of a cage, one that most men would say is no life at all. David’s approach can be seen as cruel but in truth it was the most merciful thing for the creature. Another aspect that shows that Bobby isn’t as experienced as David comes through as we hear of David teaching Bobby certain thing such as to pass the times by remembering favored places. These areas can present to us along with the fact that Bobby might be less expired then David, is the beauty of nature in its majestic nature will long forests of green and snow capped mountains. As we progress to the finger as one of the mountains is dubbed, we see David’s point of view slowly change noticing the undertone of danger that nature provides foreshadowing the later tragedy of David’s. When David has in fact fallen from the cliff and will be clearly paralyzed for the rest of his life nature almost becomes a adversarial character, Bobby’s reaction yet again trying to heal what cannot be healed while David asks to be allowed to die, because as he insinuates life in a chair such as a cage is no life at all. We can take this in the way same we could take the tale of Icarus who flow to close to the and his wings of wax melted, as that David pushing the bounds of what should be attempted also aided by the careless of Bobby for not checking is foot holds properly leading to his own slightly fall fallowed by David’s much grander and deadlier fall.
The narrator seems to see the Mentor as a force that already knows his place in nature, and understands that it must be worked with instead of fought against or the results can be disastrous. In the story there is almost a reverence for the mentor from the narrator, the narrator deffering to the mentor on several occasions and several moments of the narrator referring to many instances of the mentor’s teaching such as “And David taught me how time on a knife-edge can be passed with the guessing of fragments” (pg.28) in this passage we can see the mentor teaching Bobby the values of working with nature to achieve your goals. The mentor can also be seen as a force of acceptance as he seems to accept matter at face value instead of trying to make the best of the situation we can see this in his killing of the robin (pg.29) or the acceptance of his own death (pg.30) he knows that both lives are over even though the narrator insist that there is hope still. The greatest impact of the mentor on the narrator is at the moment he choices to end his life, giving the message that life without freedom is no life worth living we can see this here “We can last’ He said only, ‘Perhaps. . . . For what? A wheelchair?” (pg.30)
In the story we often see the narrator giving many human forms to nature even though these are only the perception of the narrator; this is displacing his own emotions on to a preexisting object that has not personality of its own. We see the narrator referring to the mountain as if it were a man in lines like this “The peak was upthrust like a fist in the frozen ocean of rocks.” (pg.28) or in reference to an overhang that David dubs the finger on sawback.
In the story of David we see nature through the eyes of Bobby, a man who does not appear to have much experience in the mountains and with this perception comes an almost childlike view of nature. Often in the story we see him referring to the mountain in almost beautiful terms such as “The sudden whirring of water that knifed down a fern-hidden cliff and splashed unseen into mist in the shadows” this line can be seen as an almost idolization of the flowing of river raising it to almost poetry, but to anyone else it would appear almost ordinary.
In the short story David we can be mistaken into believing that the mentor character is senior to the narrator because of his insight which we would general believe to come from the older party. In this line “With his lean young face upturned and strangely unmarred” (pg.30) we can be lead to believed that the mentor is in fact younger then the narrator as there are no other references to the age of either character. With his young appearance we can take to different trains of thought on David one saying that he is wise beyond his years, the other stating that he understands things as only children can, before life mares us with the scares of society.
In David it almost appears that the mentor has made himself part of the ecosystem. In the death of the goat (pg.28)and the robin (pg.29) we see the natural order of things life and death as it were, when it comes to David’s fall he take it in such a way that it seems that he has chosen to live in the same way deciding to end his life when he can no longer survive on his own (pg.30) this gives the feeling that David has taken his place in the ecosystem of the mountain. Also with the injury of the robin and its death at David’s hands (pg.29) we see that David understand the ecosystem of the mountain, knowing that the bird unable to fly would not truly be able to live.
In the short story of David we see the author using the characterization of character Bobby and David, and the imagery of nature to send across the message of nature’s majestic beauty and what folly it is to try and overcome nature. The authors use of imagery is very well done invoking a sense of youthful naivety in the first part of the story with the character of Bobby, but later the story becomes darker, when nature almost becomes adversary at the time of David’s death. Wholly the message is sent across very well with beautiful imagery and great characterization, the author having chosen affective mediums for his message.