For instance, when White arrives at the lakefront, even though he wishes to enjoy the scene and the experience of being at the lake once again, he becomes somewhat bothered by the noise of the new boats that are on the lake. White wants to show that the technology can be disruptive.Even though technology can, indeed, make things become faster and more efficient, technology can also make things noisier and more disruptive.
For instance, when White goes back to the lake, it facilitates his reflection of change and development. White’s essay “Once More to the Lake” also supports the idea of the necessity of permanence, to some extent, in life.
The lake helps him think back and develop a better understanding of his situation. Even though the lake has changed over the years, it remains a lake that the author can visit.
White wants to emphasize the permanence of some things, or at least the memory of some things, despite the continual change that happens in the world.
Even though the lake did not change, White’s essay indicates that there are some changes in things that are separate from the lake.
White begins to set the stage mid way through the first paragraph, mentioning that he and his father "returned [to the lake] summer after summer- always on August 1 for one month" followed up by the fact that "has since become a salt-water man," longing to one day return to the "holy spot." This trip back to the lake brings back a great deal of memories, as if there "[had] been no passage of time." It is on this trip that White begins to realize that his son seems to possess the same enthusiasm that he did when White was a boy.
White's essay, Once More to the Lake demonstrate his own security in consistency from growing up on into adulthood.
It stands as a reminder of his childhood experiences.
In this regard, the lake sheds light on the benefit of having some form or degree of permanence in life.
Thus, it is possible that the actual lake that he revisits is already different, but his perception, as a boy, does not change, thereby making the lake virtually unchanged.
Also, the technology that he refers to, in the form of the new and noisier engines, may have also been affected by such switching in his perceptions.