The killing of animals is an activity that has been done for centuries. Still, some people usually have problems or griff towards the killing or slaughtering of animals. In “The Rattler”, the author suggest sympathy for both man and snake through details about the setting, the man, and the
Through details about the setting, the author suggests sympathy for both man and snake. The man decides that he has an opportunity for “the pleasant moment for a walk” after the long hesitating and blazing hours of working. Instead of having his peaceful walk of night, thinking he is the “only thing aboard”, he encounters a rattle snake which are very endangering to people if not taking care of by a specialist. In compassion for the snake, the man is the one who “walked out into the desert” which is the snake’s habitat. It is not the man’s prerogative to step into an animals habitat and not only trespassing there but ends up killing the snake. The night the man and snake cross paths, the “light was thinnig” and “the scrub’s dry savory odors were sweet on the cooler air”. The beauty of the night is he cause for the man and snake both having a need to go out for a walk but it is unfortunate that the result is the slaughtering of an innocent snake. Although the snake gets the down side from the encounter with the man, the setting is also a contribution to why compassionate feelings would go out to the man as well as the snake himself.
The author proposes sympathy for the man and the snake through details about the man. The details about the man causes the sympathy to go towards the man’s side and not as much the snake’s.
At first encounter with the snake, the man says, ” I have never killed an animal I was not obliged to kill”. The man’s feeling of obligation to killing the snake shows that he really does not have to kill the snake, but he feels “obliged” to doing so for the safety of others at the at the Ranch. The killer also implies that ” the sport in takinglife is a satisfaction I can’t feel” and that statement proves that life taking or deceasing of an animal is one sport he is not in to doing or being part of. Also at first, the man’s ” first instinct was to let him go his way and I would go mine” but unluckily for the snake it ends up having to be the one that dies even though the snake does not provoke the man into attacking him. After the brutual murdering of the snake, the man says, ” I did not cut the rattles off for a trophy”. The man not cutting off the rattle from the snake to represent a trophy depicts that the slaying of the snake is not something that he was very proud of doing.
Through details of the snake, the author suggest sympathy for both man and snake. The details of the snake causes the sympathy to go towards the snake rather than the side of the man. When the man initially sees the rattle snake, he notices that ” he was not even rattling”. The lack of rattlin on the snake’s part is a sign that he is not going to attack the man but wants to know what the man’s intention is. After the man has gotten the hoe, as well as attempting his firt strike, “he shot into dense bush”. The snake’s action at this point not only reveals his non-violent behavior but nevertheless is willing to defend itself because instead of quickly attacking the man the snake dives into the bush. Then the snakes set up his rattling, “warning me that I had made an unprovoked attack” says the man. The word ” unprovoked” informs that the snake never provokes the man into striking at him but still the brutually kills the snake. The man “soon dragged him out of it with his back broken” after he is finish executing the reptile. Now a snake that has not do anything wrong but trying to live life on earth.
Although the character kills he animal for the good of others and sympathy goes out towards the snake as well as the man. In “The Rattler” it is suggestion by the author that due to the details of the setting as well as man and snake, compassion for both man and snake is to be expressed. The man is somebody that never wants to kill but the snake is dangerous to the Ranch so he is force to go outside his believe and commit murder. Different people will do different things if put is such circumstance as thing one but it might be the right decision to some people.