Teaching A Stone And Talk, By Dillard Uses Juxtapositions, Analogies, Metaphors, And Imagery

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Throughout her stories in “Teaching a Stone to Talk,” Dillard uses juxtapositions, analogies and imagery to demonstrate the raw beauty of the natural world and humans’ lack of awareness of it. Nature, as explained by the author, refers to the natural, physical world, and life that is lived by necessity rather than choice. The word nature itself is derived from the Latin form, natura, which means "essential qualities and innate disposition." A general concept is that all things, biotic or abiotic, are a part of nature, yet Dillard defines the natural world as all, that which is unaltered by human interference. Dillard acknowledges humans as members of the natural world, but makes a clear effort to differentiate actual nature from the artificialness of human nature. This artificialness refers to the human consciousness and humanity’s growing separation from, and lack of awareness towards, true nature.
The author uses imagery and thought-provoking concepts to convey the idea that nature is often more beautiful and engaging than anything man-made. This idea of raw beauty in nature coincides with wilderness and all that is wild. Through Dillard’s short stories, readers can infer that true nature is that which has not been affected by human meddling and that the areas of wilderness are the last places on earth that humans do not dominate. Though humans are an intelligent species of thinkers and innovators, Dillard believes us to be confused, suggesting that nature is simply…

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