The Depths of the Oceans and Seas Book Review by Nicky

The Depths of the Oceans and Seas
Review of Rachel Carson's book, "Under the Sea-Wind."
# 151545 | 1,577 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US


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Description:

This paper reviews Rachel Carson's first book that describes the environment, entitled "Under the Sea-Wind." According to the paper, Carson used literature to educate the public about the earth's seas and the creatures that live there. It further notes how Carson used descriptive narrative and real science to explain migrations, seasonal patterns, and how the animals live and interact with their ecological homes. Additionally, the paper cites the different sections of the book and Carson's overall purpose in writing it. Finally, the review highlights Carson's description of the life of the eel and this section's broader purposewhich was to educate readers about sea creatures. The paper concludes by stating that Carson's style and ability to educate readers is what made her the most respected naturalist of her day.

From the Paper:

"Under the Sea-Wind uses descriptive narrative and real science to explain migrations, seasonal patterns, and how the animals live and interact with their ecological homes. There is a great deal of information in this work, which has three separate books. Book I is "Edge of the Sea." In the first chapter of Book I Carson names a black skimmer "Rynchops." The reader is taken on the wings of Rynchops as the bird skims along an estuary and makes its rounds. It is an unusual approach but is entertaining and creative. The reader gets the idea in the first part of Book I that Carson is on the side of the natural world. In the 2nd chapter of Book I Carson introduces a bird species (sanderlings) named Silverbar and Blackfoot, and she follows the birds through their migratory pattern."
"In Book II ("The Gull's Way") the central character is a mackerel named Scomber; the narrative follows along with Scomber's life and along the way readers learn about all the creatures and organisms that live in the sea, on the shore, and all of it is in context with the life of the mackerel."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bratton, Susan Power. (2004). Thinking Like a Mackerel: Rachael Carson's Under the Sea-Wind as a Source for a Trans-Ecotonal Sea Ethic. Ethics & the Environment,9(1), 1-22.
  • Carson, Rachel. Under the Sea-Wind: A Naturalist's Picture of Ocean Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1952.
  • New York Times. (1941). A Dramatic Picture of Ocean Life. Retrieved November 15, 2009, from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • Ouetchenbach, Bernard. (2007). Rachel Louise Carson, American Biologist, In Twentieth Century American Nature Writers: Prose, Ed, Roger Thompson and J. Scott Bryson, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 274.

Cite this Book Review:

APA Format

The Depths of the Oceans and Seas (2012, June 25) Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-depths-of-the-oceans-and-seas-151545/

MLA Format

"The Depths of the Oceans and Seas" 25 June 2012. Web. 10 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-depths-of-the-oceans-and-seas-151545/>

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