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Oct 5, SUMMARY. Annie Dillard wrote “Living Like Weasels”, an essay in which she paints the story of her encounter with a weasel. She explains that. Annie Dillard – “Living Like Weasels” – Grades DRAFT – Awaiting review and improvement per the Tri-State quality review rubric. Learning Objective: The . Nov 7, Free Essay: Living like Weasels In the essay “Living like Weasels”, the author Annie Dillard wrote about her first encounter after she saw a real.

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I would like to have seen that eagle from the livinb a few weeks or months before he was shot: Hollins Pond is also called Murray’s Pond; it covers two acres of bottomland near Tinker Creek with six inches of water and six thousand lily pads. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: While Annir could have just written about we humans should live like weasels, she shows us why she believes this.

By reconnecting the seemingly unrelated background story from the beginning of the piece to the conclusion, the conclusion seems as if it is drawn from more than one just experience with a weasel, and thus, the conclusion becomes stronger.

What is she saying about diklard The weasel is less of a fable character and more of a holy figure. As Dillard continues with her story, she describes a time when she visited a pond close to her house. Or did the eagle eat what he could reach, gutting the living weasel with his talons before his breast, bending his beak, cleaning the beautiful airborne bones?

It makes a dry, upholstered bench at the upper, marshy end of the pond, a plush jetty raised from the thorny shore between a shallow blue body of water and a deep blue body of sky.

I was stunned into ,iving twisted backward on the tree trunk. I think the most influential part of the essay by far is the last paragraph.

I come to Hollins Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, to forget about it. Then even death, where you’re going no matter how you live, cannot you part. Our look was as if two lovers, or deadly enemies, met unexpectedly on an overgrown path when each had been thinking of something else: There was just a dot of chin, maybe two brown hairs’ worth, and then the pure white fur began that spread down his underside.


And once, says Ernest Thompson Seton–once, a man shot an eagle out of the sky. The sun had just set. It felled the forest, moved the fields, and dillxrd the pond; the world dismantled and tumbled into that black hole of eyes. We could live under the wild rose as weasels, mute and uncomprehending. Sometimes he lives in annoe den for two days without leaving. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This tree is excellent. Could two live under the wild rose, and explore by the pond, so that the smooth mind of each is as everywhere present to the other, and as received and as unchallenged, as falling snow?

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It may not be quite so peachy, though. She is able to convince readers of her claim by shifting tones throughout the piece.

At the start of the essay, she informs the reader that she is fascinated because she is describing to the reader the information she has discovered about weasels and the way in which they live their lives. I ended up doing some further reading on this piece and found a student criticism from an NYU literary magazine. The way humans lliving with wildness–we toss beer cans and drive motorcycles and we fashion and re-fashion nature, sometimes with weasel.

We could, you know. However, once she encounters the weasel, her tone changes; she becomes significantly less dubious. Who knows what he thinks?

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The readers are also able to see how she connects the way weasels live to how she wants to be able to live. Dillard’s tale is also about the margins between suburban sprawl and remaining patches livint wildness; her story takes place on the boundaries between two different worlds.


I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. It caught my eye; I swiveled around–and the next instant, inexplicably, I was looking down at a weasel, who was looking up at me.

I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes dillarf. Dillard wants to live in necessity rather than choice. Please do not tell me about “approach-avoidance conflicts. For instance, we know by weaseels turn in Dillard’s narrative–paragraph three– without Dillard coming right out and saying so that the qualities or realities that characterize a wild weasel will define Dillard’s life and ours as human beings in dilpard way in the rest of the story.

It was also a bright blow to the brain, or a sudden beating of brains, with all the charge and intimate grate of rubbed balloons. What are your expectations as a reader at this point early in the narrative?

Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard

Notify me of new comments via email. He had two black eyes I didn’t see, any more than you see a window. As far back as the origin of writing, storytellers have used animals to give shape and meaning to human experience. He vanished under the wild rose. You are commenting using your WordPress. This is, mind you, suburbia. Then I cut down through the woods to the mossy fallen tree where I sit.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The weasel was stunned into stillness as he was emerging from beneath an enormous shaggy wild rose bush four feet away. The water lilies have blossomed and spread to a green horizontal plane that is terra firma to plodding blackbirds, and tremulous ceiling to black leeches, crayfish, and carp.

I missed my chance.