Analysis Of The Book ' Silent Spring ' Essay

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Question 1 Rachel Carson’s basic thesis in Silent Spring is to discourage the use of the many pesticides and herbicides that we are putting on everything. By the use of these chemicals, they are traveling and infecting countless plants/animals that were not intended. Examples would be honey bees and humans. Rachel Carson is primarily concerned on DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) that was discovered by Paul Muller. He acquired a noble prize for the creation of it; this was before DDT was found detrimental to the environment and lethal for humans. At first, it was thought that DDT was entirely harmless because individuals did not show any immediate indications of harm. Carson describes the make-up of DDT and the undesirable effects of it along with many other chemicals that are used daily.
The title of the book is Silent Spring because the use of these chemicals has silenced many towns and taken away of the chirping of the birds. Carson does not necessarily believe that we should not be using chemicals to prevent insect diseases and to protect agricultural from pests. Rachel Carson believes that we should be going about it in another way. She thinks that we are misusing it. Insects ultimately get immune to the chemical, and then they make a stronger, more deadly one in the research laboratory, and the cycle reiterations itself. This is why they need to look at other ways to avoid pests, not by toxic chemicals that harm the ecosystem.
Carson specified in chapter two…

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