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Two Travel Essays
An analysis of two travel essays - "A Vocabulary for My Senses" by Timothy Bascom and "By the Big Sea Water" by William Least Heat-Moon.
# 101237 | 830 words | 2 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 21, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Psychology (General) , Tourism (General)


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Description:

This paper examines the differences between two travel essays - "A Vocabulary for My Senses" by Timothy Bascom and "By the Big Sea Water" by William Least Heat-Moon. The writer explains that in the essay "By the Big Sea Water" Heat-Moon makes it alive, interesting and emotional because of the connections he sets up with the memories and feelings of a little boy. The writer further explains that the travel story told by Timothy Bascom in "A Vocabulary for My Senses" is very different. The writer notes how (in this essay) memories on their own would be interesting, as the physical details are rich and exotic, and vividly remembered, but the emotional side is also very rich, and makes the "travel story" that much more memorable and interesting. The writer then describes a personal travel experience and its lasting impression and effects on the writer.

From the Paper:

"In "By the Big Sea Water," William Least Heat-Moon writes a wonderful story that is part travel story, part nostalgia trip. He brilliantly evokes the nostalgia of a boy traveling with his father, seeing Lake Superior from this perspective. Obviously a lot of the importance of this trip for the boy was connected to the fact that he was with his father. This is clear from the fact that the father is physically present for us. For example, the little boy remembers his father in the wobbly cafe of long ago."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bascom, Timothy. "A Vocabulary for my Senses." The Missouri Review.
  • Heat-Moon, William Least. "By the Big Sea Water." Gourmet.

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