Analysis Of Let There Be Light By Paul Bogard

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Paul Bogard discusses the absolute need to preserve and sustain natural darkness. In his work "Let There Be Light." Bogard's overall concept is that the world needs darkness for ecological, social, and medical purposes. On the third and sixth paragraph of Paul Bogard's "Let There Be Dark" Bogard addresses the readers and their kin. "But now, when 8 out of 10 children born in the United States will never know a sky dark enough for the Milky Way." Bogard uses the emotions of his readers to show that we need darkness. He claims that out of ten children only two will be able to witness the Milky Way. "Those of us over 35 are perhaps among the last generation to have known truly dark nights." Bogard pulls in his readers of which are born after…show more content…
"...our bodies need darkness to sleep. Sleep disorders have been linked to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression." Bogard reveals the bad side of artificial light. Bogard insists that man-made light is causing us to lose sleep, which could cause a variety of diseases and disorders which people would normally like to steer away from. "-the 400 species of birds that migrate at night in North America, the sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs- and some are not, such as the bats that save American farmers billions in pest control and the moths that pollinate 80% of the world's flora." Within that quote, Bogard argues that humans without a doubt need natural darkness to sustain ecological and marine life or in Bogard's words "... without darkness, Earth's ecology would collapse..." Bogard also used quotes from the AMA (American Medical Association) "...and the American Medical Association has voiced its unanimous support for 'light pollution reduction efforts and glare reduction efforts at both the national and state levels.'" He uses quotes from the World Health Organization "Already the World Health Organization classifies working the night shift as a probable human carcinogen..." Lastly, he uses quotes from NASA "...based on NASA photographs, show that what was a very dark country as recently as the 1950s is now…show more content…
The beginning of "Let There Be Dark" is a personal story from Bogard's past. "At my family's cabin on a Minnesota lake, I knew woods so dark that my hands disappeared before my eyes. I knew night skies in which meteors left smokey trails across sugary spreads of stars." Many writers that write to change someone's opinion use personal experience because it can link the author to the reader. Following the quote above "... I worry we are rapidly losing night's natural darkness before realizing its worth." Bogard intentionally inserts a story from his boyhood to connect with his readers and then lays down his thesis statement: natural darkness is essential. In the reader's mind, they already have an unconscious connection with the author so they would never think that the author would lie so they would believe what the author's thesis statement

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