Mr. Adam Johns
English Comp 0200
10 October 2014
Abbey’s Hidden Mysticism
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 and hidden messages within the text. His unique way of writings is what leads the reader deeper into the book so he can fully express his spiritual mysticism.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire; a Season in the Wilderness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968. Print.
Jacobs, Pamela. Unearthing the Spiritual Message in Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Thesis. University of North Texas, Aug, 1998. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
"Mystic." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.