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Quote #1

"Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?" (1.10)

Rainsford definitely functions under the man vs. nature model. He does sort of concede here that a jaguar feels, just that he doesn’t care how it feels.

Quote #2

"Even so, I rather think they understand one thing—fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death." (1.13)

Of our small cast and crew here, Whitney is definitely the most sympathetic. So why does he hunt?

Quote #3

“But sometimes I think sailors have an extra sense that tells them when they are in danger. Sometimes I think evil is a tangible thing--with wave lengths, just as sound and light have. An evil place can, so to speak, broadcast vibrations of evil.” (1.25)

Superstition is based on the idea that we have a sense of things that go beyond reason and rational explanation. So are the sailors superstitious—or just right?

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