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5. Analyze Hudson's religious views throughout the story, particularly in Abel's ideas. 6. How would you characterize Hudson's portrayal of birds and animals in Green Mansions? 7. Criticize Hudson's concept of nature, the good and the evil aspects, in the book. For example, do the positive or the negative features predominate? 8. What is the influence and impact of Darwinism in Hudson's philosophical outlook in the story? com 9. Compare and contrast the two scenes at the mountaintops of Ytaioa and Riolama.
Without the vivid, forceful background of "that milder purgatory of the forest" and the "inferno" of the "rude savage heart of Guiana," Green Mansions would be only another romance of the nineteenth century. English literature is abundant with rather similar tales, and the critics, such as Carlos Baker, have traced Hudson's literary borrowings from other minor works. Intensity is sustained even on the very last page when Abel pleads strongly and poignantly with the reader for understanding and acceptance.
ROBERTS, MORLEY. W. H. Hudson: A Portrait. New York, 1924. Informative and revealing but from the vantage point of a friend and admirer. ROSENBAUM, SIDONIA C. " Revista hispánica moderna X (1944): 222-30. A very complete bibliography of Hudson with items listed from several foreign languages. TOMALIN, RUTH. W. H. Hudson. New York, 1954. A brief survey of the man and his works with emphasis upon the biographical approach. URBANSKI, EDMUND S. " Americas XVII (1964): 33-38. A comparison of two works: Green Mansions, and La Vorágine (The Whirlpool) of José' Eustasio Rivera, from the viewpoint that both are Latin American novels.