Nature in Death by Landscape (The Effect of Nature on The Story (Provides…
Nature in Death by Landscape
When is it used?
Used throughout the plot especially to establish setting
In scenes with Camp Manitou, the wilderness provides challenges and issues for the main characters to over come.
The paintings scattered throughout Lois' house changes meaning from the beginning to the end of the story.
It caused her distress in the beginning but gave her comfort in the end.
The Effect of Nature on The Story
Provides a background to contain the events.
Enables Lois to finally forgive herself for letting Lucy die.
Provides detailed description of the overall tone, mood and indirectly conveys emotion of loss and grief in the story.
Nature becomes an obsession that Lois has after trying to collect pictures to look for Lucy inside them.
The Grandeur of the scenes explain reasons or more precisely the lack of reasons for Lucy's death.
Where is it used?
Established in the paintings scattered throughout the Lois' house
Used in wilderness, camp scenes, canoe scenes - creates a sense of peaceful serenity.
How is Nature Described?
Throughout the story, nature is described as grand, magnificent and sort of melancholic.
The scenes inside the paintings are created as vast spaces and illustrates the myriad of things that could have happened to Lucy.
It is interesting how the overall wilderness is described as empty, yet it feels very alive overall.
The liveliness of the scenery is because the trees are described as tall, it fills up all the empty space. Sound is described very meticulously in the story.
The emptiness is filled up with careful descriptions of the small subtleties in nature.
Lois' Attitude Towards and Relationship with Nature
Lois is obsessed with nature in the beginning of the story.
Lois collects paintings as if she is looking for something in them.
In a sense her personality and being practically forced to go to this camp, shows the powerlessness she feels before nature in general.
Wilderness and nature provides a background for her actions.
By the end of the story, nature kind of provides her with some comfort.
As she examines everything she finally understands that she doesn't need to blame herself.
She acknowledges the vastness of the wilderness and realizes that it continues beyond the frame.
Cappie represents a bit of that dominating natural aspect, which dominates Lois.