In “The Buffalo”, Francis Parkman Believes That Nature Belongs To

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In "The Buffalo", Francis Parkman believes that nature belongs to man. Nature provides the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and transportation. Also, nature is the place that man can show his power, his strong and manhood, and gives man entertainment. By hunting the buffalo in the woods, readers can see that Parkman loves adventure. He is driving on the wild prairie, under the storm, and in darkness. In Parkman's point of view, nature serves as a background where man proves his power over nature. No matter in what condition, man will win over nature. At first, the readers think that he hunts buffalo for food, but then he is not only hunting buffalo, but also other animals: antelopes, cows, calves, etc. Obviously, he is not hunting to live, he hunts to entertain, and to prove his power, or man's power. There is a connection between man and nature, especially Native American man. They live very close to nature and depend on nature for food and necessities. The relationship between emigrants and nature in the story is a good example. They live a simple life, move from one place to the other. Nature is their home, their necessities, and their transportation.In contrast, Henry David Thoreau declares that nature will give all we need as long as we keep it simple. He does not like to destroy nature, for example by hunting and fishing, especially, by destroying nature to live a luxurious life. In other words, Thoreau would disagree with Parkman. By hunting and fishing, people destroy and betray nature. In Thoreau's view, humans should appreciate what nature gives them, select what they need from nature, live as vegetarians. In addition, Thoreau wants everyone lives simple, and sets the nature...

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