Along with the death of a forest comes the death of its inhabitants, a way of life, and the people who have made using resources from it a way of life. In “What the Tapster Saw” a man dreams about his own death. He dreams that he falls off of a tree while he is working. Days later his dream comes true. It is interesting to note the signs that the tapster sees in the forest before he dies because they indicate danger and they say that trespassers will be prosecuted. The forest had not previously belonged to anyone because the tapster had made his living by tapping trees in the forest and now someone owns part of the forest which would destroy the tapsters way of life and probably many others. Since the tapster used to freely tap trees we can assume that the forest did not belong to anyone, but it was for everyone to use and make their life. Since someone owns the forest and no one can freely go and get what they need like they have been. A way of life has been killed off. Now the way of life is claiming land and not allowing others to share in the resources. When the tapster dies he is stuck in this land that is strange and unchanging because people that are not apart of the community are taking the land. The tapster could not read the signs that were put in the forest so they must have been written in a foreign language. Seeing the land the way he did may have been because he was seeing the land the way he used to. Then the visions the tapster has show him how the world really is and that he and his community will never live the same lives again.
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