Paradise Lost

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Where Connotations Serve to Clarify Julían Marías, a Spanish philosopher proves to be no exception to the numerous writers attempting to describe California’s effect on both visitors and residents alike almost predictably invoking the idea of paradise in their evaluation. He confirms California as a paradise while at the same time exploring the reflective meaning of paradise itself in human consciousness. Marías considers California to be a vision of paradise in respect to his diverse interpretations of the word paradise. In other words, Marías attempts to generate a critical meditation allowed the word paradise to have various connotation from the Garden of Eden to Paradise Lost, which help to strengthen his reasons for California to be paradise.

Marías defines Paradise as a garden. In other words, the article attempts to illustrate Paradise as the Garden of Eden. If it is true, for instance, that even in the wildest areas, where nature has taken charge of everything, there is a peculiar composition of forms,—kósmos—that is reminiscent of a garden, then that is establishing Marías’ systematic view on how California is not a mere paradise but also having a bearing to the Garden of Eden. Furthermore, since there are wild, untrammeled, and rugged forest lands in the North Atlantic states; deserts in Arizona and New Mexico.

California is another matter, truly an oasis, then once again we can see an image of California as being a desert garden. There are numerous accounts of examples across the pages that seem to expose a penetrating contemplation on the author’s part when viewing California as the Garden of Eden. While this summation serves to demonstrate how California is a garden, Marías critical meditation continues by claiming California to be "Paradise Lost." According to the article California is seen as "Paradise Lost." In...