Learning check

1. The main points of the text

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a) Mention four aspects which make cities attractive.

 

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b) According to Hoffer, what is the main reason why people prefer nature to cities?

 

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Wider contexts

1. Literary context: comparison with other writers

 

    William Blake, “London”, p. 214 and “The Ecchoing Green”, pp. 202-203, and William Wordsworth, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, p. 217.

Discuss to what extent Hoffer may be right in his claim about the influence of European literature on how Americans view nature. If you have also read the excerpt from Into the Wild p. 208-209, discuss whether there is a common modern attitude to nature which contrasts with the view of the Romantic era.