Mr. Adam Johns
English Comp 0200
24 September 2014
Is Edward Abbey a mystic? Webster’s dictionary describes a mystic as
''I go into the desert not only to evade the clamor and confusion of this country's cultural apparatus but also to confront, immediately and directly if it’s possible, the bare bones of existence, the elemental and fundamental, the bedrock which sustains us. I want to be able to look at and into a juniper tree, a piece of quartz, a vulture, a spider, and see it as it is in itself, devoid of all humanly ascribed qualities, anti-Kantian, even the categories of scientific description. To meet God or Medusa face to face, even if it means risking everything human in myself. I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self merges with a nonhuman world and yet somehow survives still intact, individual, separate. Paradox and bedrock.''
Abbey’s mysticism is not only found in just the chapters I choose, but throughout the entire book. In one way, shape, or form Abbey writes his mystic views in almost every chapter by the use of personification, similes, hyperboles, metaphors, etc. Desert Solitaire not only describes the ecosystem of the wilderness in Utah, but the mystical views Abbey portrays on his adventures and journeys through the beautiful outdoors.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire; a Season in the Wilderness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968. Print.
"Mystic." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.