21 December 2011
Always desperate, never hopeless
Many people have already acknowledged that world is not exactly a paradise to live in. Almost everyone has to cope with lots of problems on everyday basis and often feels depressed and disillusioned. Understandably so, due to presence of global economic crisis, pollution of environment, an enormous power that money possess, and increasing alienation of the people. Despite everything, one should never lose hope because it encourages him/her to move forward and skip all the obstacles in the way. Two fine and established writers, Alice Walker and Scott Russell Sanders, emphasized, in their works Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth and Hunting for Hope, respectively, the values which people should appreciate in order to make their lives better. Even though Walker wrote a collection of poems and Sanders focused on non-fiction genre, they both sought for change and healing of the society and their works offer hope, which one yearn for. This paper intends to analyse how deep they actually went and what approach each of them choose in order to encourage any reader not to lose hope in the future of the world.
Inspired by a camping and hiking trip in the Rockies, Sanders’ Hunting for Hope takes the reader through a whirlwind of spirited journeys in the search for hope in hard times of uncertainty and despair. The narrative he uses is of personal relationships as he struggles to win for his grown children a reason for believing in the future. As Sanders and his teenage son, Jesse, goes on a trip into the wild, they are trying to sort out discrepancies in their relationship. Interesting passage appears when Jesse attacks his father for his lack of faith: "You make me feel the planet's dying and people are to blame and nothing can be done about it, I have to believe there's a way we can get out of this mess. Otherwise what's the point? Why study, why work--why do anything if it's all going to...