Response Paper of “When the killing’s done” By T. C Boyle [Professor Number] T. C Boyle’s poignant and provocative novel “When the killing’s done” is a pragmatic and potent ecological dilemma presented in its realm comportment…
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Hence, for the aforementioned reasons Boyle has developed two chief characters with distinct traits and astoundingly with similar aim, the protagonist Alma Boyd Takesue, a National Parks Service biologist and antagonist Dave LaJoy, a successful and rich businessman of sound systems. Throughout the novel both characters have centralized their efforts to preserve the rights of animals for their life on Anacapa Island. However, I agree with Alma’s view as overt population of any animal type can become a cause of extension for the other species. Alma Boyd is a project coordinator from National Park Services (Boyle, 101) and she has the liability to preserve the extinct species (dwarf island fox, native deer mouse, spotted skunks and other ground-nesting birds and animals) (135-136) and natural fauna of the Anacapa Island. And in order to save the vanishing species she has to take drastic measures (poison) to eradicate the imposters, thousands of invasive nonnative black rats. For the aforesaid purpose, she puts forth the prominent example of vanished native dodo bird from the Anacapa Island. On the other hand, Dave LaJoy is a passionate animal-rights activist and environmentalist; who is determined to protect the life of animals even if they disrupt the natural fauna of the island. ...
The central place in the work of fiction is a wild inhabited islands of Northern Channel off the coast of Santa Barbara, where black rats on Anacapa and feral pigs population on Santa Curz was getting out of proportion and was adversely affecting the natural habitat of many other wild species. Thus, one should bear in mind that overt population seeks for new accommodation and alternative nourishment ways, which definitely causes paucity of food and pollution. In addition to it, one should agree that nobody loves exploding population of black rats in their surrounding or at any place (ibid, 104), as they symbolize for Bubonic plague in the late nineteenth century till early twentieth century (Byrne ,301). The plague transmitters and carriers were black rats; and to control their movement in such a scenario becomes exigent and intricate. Simultaneously, rats can eat anything, the issue was not of their extermination due to their feed, but what if they ate everything on the island then they would swim to the nearest island and would start disrupting the plant and animal chain over there. Beverly, Alma’s grandmother and her inspiration for professional aspiration, survived in a ship wreck and took refuge on Anacapa island for almost two weeks and few days more (Boyle,92), but the courageous and sole survivor of the ship wreck (Beverly) could not endure the idea of living amongst thick population of black rats. Their unhygienic presence almost everywhere caused her to be nauseated most of times. As a matter of fact, rats produce their young ones after getting eighteen months old and all the year round thus, they can easily produce approximate eighty young ones in a year
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