Hey guys, it's me again.
Here's one CR question I can't get my grasp on.
The text is about a guy who basically says that the "sublime" is sth not only beautiful, but also intimidating.
Here's the part of the passage I'd consider relevant:
But why the pleasure? Why seek out this feeling od weakness - delight in it, even? Why leave the comforts of home, join a group of desert devotees and walk for miles with a heavy pack, all to reach a place of rocks and silence where one must shelter from the sun like a fugitive in the scant shadow of giant boulders? Why exhilarate in sich [line 38]an environment, rather than despair? [/line 38]
One answer is that not everything that is more powerful than us must always be hateful to us. What defies our will can provoke anger and resentment, but it may also arouse awe and respect. It depends on whether the obstacle appears noble in its defiance or squalid and insolent.
The author suggests that people do not "despair" (line 38) in sublime landscapes because such places...
A) inspire wonder
B) encourage optimism
C) offer entertainment
D) reward perseverance
E) instill perfectionism
First of all, I didn't really think that any of these fitted perfectly and I went for B. Unfortunately, it's A. But why? What do "awe and respect" have to do with "wonder"? If you cannot tell from this part of the passage, I could post more.
Oh, I think I just got it.
Please, correct me, if I'm wrong. Is "wonder" meant in the sence of astonishment or amazement, rather than miracle?