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Silent Spring's Impact

Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring definitely captured the spirit of the 1960’s. The title referred to the silence of the various birds and wildlife that were muted by the overuse of pesticides. This book gave the nation a rude awakening towards the dangers of some pesticides, such as DDT. She wanted the world to become aware with the environment in which they lived. Silent Spring was Rachel Carson’s method of voicing her belief that the human race should live in unison with their environment. Instead of focusing on banning the pesticides, she proposed different alternatives for insect removal. Her argument for a positive connection between the earth and humans, in my opinion, is why Silent Spring still remains a strong issue of discussion. Carson solidifies her argument by providing many “logos.” She explained that DDT actually does the opposite of what it is supposed to do: kill bugs. In fact, over time, the insects develop an immunity towards the chemicals, and evolve into “super bugs,” stronger than before. Also, the time it takes for the earth to recover would be measured in millennia. Not to mention that the storage of DDT costs taxpayers superfluous dollars. Most importantly, Carson highlighted that eventually the effects of these chemicals will work their way up the food chain, finally impacting humans. Before writing Silent Spring Rachel Carson was already an acclaimed marine biologist, sea and wetlands writer, and was interested in nature since her days on the family farm. So, all of her readers knew she had done her homework. Carson’s knowledge in Silent Spring encompassed Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, U.S. synthetic chemical production, and even details about nuclear explosions involving Strontium 90. Not only did Carson throw out numbers, but she also provided her readers with a greater sense of realism. Carson hypothesized that these pesticides could actually kill a human bein...

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