Small Wonder Setting & Symbolism

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Appalachian Cabin

Barbara Kingsolver's cabin in Walker Mountain is a "stoic little log house" where she often retreats to do her writing (31). The log house is in the midst of the Appalachian forest and is surrounded by tulip poplars, wild flowers, a bosque, and several wild animals like deer and jackrabbits. Kingsolver sustains that she must go into the seclusion of nature in order to write, although this had not always been true for her. She proposes that nature allows for humans to gain a better perspective of their place in the world and their connection and difference from nature. She argues that people often import "hominid agendas" into nature and claim a sense of ownership over the land, when in fact the land owns them (37).

While writing in the cabin, Kingsolver has an experience with an adolescent bobcat who peers inside the window at her. They make...

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