Nature's Beauty and Devastation
The speaker of this Ted Talk, Zaria Forman, is a large-scale artist who captures moments in nature of transition and tranquility. She hopes her drawings will serve as “records of sublime landscapes in flux”. Forman has gone on expeditions to Greenland and Alaska to learn more about the threatened environments and to get inspired for her art. She also discusses that within nature, lies devastation, both globally and personal. Although her works mostly show the dangers of climate change and the beautiful landscapes that we have to lose because of it, I can relate this to Of Mice and Men and the nature portrayed in the book. Nature is a major theme shown throughout the book, mostly in the very beginning and the very end. The pool/ brush that is described in the first paragraph of the novel is a place of sanctuary. The animals described are at peace with each other and their environment. It is a place where George and Lennie could enjoy one last safe night before heading to the ranch for work. The two decide that this will be their meeting place if something is to go wrong. After Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife by breaking her neck, he remembers to go hide in the brush and wait for George. The nature and the animals inside in the last few pages of the book are described quite differently than at the beginning. A snake is killed by a bird and the weather is undesirable. This nature matches the mood of the human world, since this is the spot where Lennie is murdered by George as to protect him from the cruelty of Curley. I believe that this is the devastation that Zaria Forman describes that can occur within nature.