Analysis Of Annie Dillard 's ' Living Like Weasels ' Essay
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In Annie Dillard’s essay “Living Like Weasels”, she questions the meaning of life based on her interaction with nature and by contrasting human and animal behavior (www.go.view.usg.edu). Dillard talks about wanting to live more like the weasel she sees in the wild, because as she mentions, “The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice,..” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard). Dillard provides a life lesson from her encounter with the weasel with her use of four artistic tools: figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and theme.
First of all, there are a couple themes in “Living Like Weasels”. One of the main ones being the theme of Quest for Identity/Coming of Age. This is because in the story, Dillard talks about the life of a weasel, and compares it to her life (or any human’s life) in that we live our life cautiously and weasels live by their instinct. For example, when she is describing how a weasel feeds on its prey in the first paragraph, “Obedient to instinct, he bites his prey at the neck,…” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard). As she also says, “I would like to learn, or remember, how to live” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard). Therefore, she is on a quest to live more like the weasel (and to suggest to readers), “to grasp your own necessity and not let it go,” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard). These examples could also relate to the theme of rebellion. She says, “We can live any way we want,” (Dillard) which means she wants…