The Rattler The passage is based on the conflict and decision a man has to make towards whether or not he should kill a snake, which was something he had and never wanted to do or should he let the snake go. The writer uses organization, point of view, and selection of detail to make the reader feel sympathy for the snake but empathy for the man and to have a calm and peaceful mood/tone towards the setting. The setting has a peaceful and calm effect on the reader.
The event takes place in the desert after sunset; the writer describes the setting in a way where if you ere in the desert on a cool evening you wouldn’t think that you would come upon any danger or threat to your life. The writer writes, “Light was thinning; the scrubs dry savory odors were sweet on the cooler air. In this, the first pleasant moment for a walk after long blazing hours, I thought I was the only thing abroad. ” The writer used a series of selection of detail and language to create an atmosphere that at first showed that the man was alone and relaxed until he came upon the snake.
The rattler was as still as a cactus that peaceful evening as the man stopped upon him in he desert. The snake didn’t come as a threat to the man or anyone else, Just as the man wanted to enjoy his evening walk, the snake wanted to enjoy his life and evening as well. The man didn’t really have a strong excuse for killing the snake unless there was a previous situation where a snake got into the ranch. The snake had a right to be in the desert because the desert is partly his home. As the essay says, “the rattler felt no necessity of getting out of anybody path.
He held his ground in calm watchfulness; he was not even rattling yet, much less was he coiled; he was waiting or me to show my intentions. ” The rattler didn’t feel the need to leave because he belonged in the desert; the snake was waiting for the man’s intentions in a case where if the man was threatening the snake’s life then it would be ready to defend itself. When the man got the hoe the snake drew his head back as the man raised the weapon; the snake only reacted to the man once he saw the hoe and.
The man says, “Quicker than I could strike, he shot into a dense bush and set up his rattling,” meaning the snake ran away before the man could even hit him, he was setting up is rattling to warn the man that if he kept striking with the hoe then the snake would have no option but to defend himself and attack the man. When the man had finally captured the snake he had broken the snake’s back and neck; as the snake died he was still twitching while blood and poison dripped from his mouth and fangs.
This shows that the writer wanted to put an image in the readers head as to how horrible the snake looked, the writer describes the snake’s injuries to make the reader feel sympathy and to realize that the snake’s death had to be painful. Though he man killing the snake was wrong and unnecessary, his intentions were good and his heart was in the right place. Just like the snake, the man was minding his business while walking through the desert. He says, “In this, the first pleasant moment for a walk after long blazing hours, I thought I was the only thing abroad. After a long, hot, and tiring day of work the man wanted to relax himself as he walked in killing an animal because he explains, “My first instinct was to let him go his way and I would go mine, and with this he would have been well content. The man’s first thought was that leaving the snake alone would keep himself and the snake from being harmed. But something changed his mind he says, “But I reflected that there were children, dogs, horses at the ranch, as well as men and women lightly shod; my duty, plainly, was to kill the snake. The man felt that it was his duty to protect the people in any case whether or not the snake was going to get into the ranch because he felt it was the right thing to do. After the deed was done the man explains that the eight of the dead snake was nasty and he felt pitiful after he had done it. He explains that he didn’t cut off the rattles for a trophy and he thought for a moment that he should’ve let the snake go.
In the passage the man says, “l have never killed an animal I was not obliged to kill; the sport in taking life is a satisfaction I can’t feel. ” The writer made the man seem regretful and disgusted by his actions to make the reader feel empathy for him because the man Just wanted to protect those who might have encountered the snake if he didn’t kill it. The man was not happy or excited by the murder he had Just committed because his actions were based off something he thought had to be done for the safety of others.
In conclusion, the writer used the setting to set a calm and peaceful tone for the being of the passage so that when it migrated to the conflict the mood and tone would shift with it. The writer gave detail about how calm and collect the snake was, even after the man came upon him to show the snake had no intentions of harming the man or anyone else. The writer also has detail about the way the snake looked after the man had ailed him to make the reader feel sympathy for the snake because it didn’t deserve that.
The writer uses the man’s point of view on the situation as a way to make the reader feel empathy for the man; he wanted to put the reader in his shoes. The man wasn’t Just thinking of himself, he felt that the snake was an endangerment to the people at the ranch, he felt that it was his duty to protect the people even though he has never killed an animal before and even after the killing the man still felt that he could’ve let the snake go, so in a way he felt regretful towards his actions.