The Deer at Providencia Essay

781 Words Mar 18th, 2012 4 Pages
Dillard’s tone in “The Deer at Providencia” is almost a bit disturbing and cynical. She references the suffering deer with words such as “gashed,” “bleeding,’ and “snared” (61). Yet, she displays absolutely no emotion towards the creature whatsoever. She simply goes about eating her meal, commenting on how delicious the deer tastes. All the while, she glances at the dying deer from time to time. Dillard also uses references hidden between the lines, such as "high levels of lactic acid, which build up in the muscle tissue during exertion, tenderize" (63). In this way Dillard is referencing back to the tied up deer and how its struggles and exertion tenderizes its meat. This cruel reference is slight, but if noticed, adds a tone to
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Repetition is also used in an effective way to emphasize important elements of the story. Symbolism with Alan and the deer are used to represent the mysteriousness of suffering. Finally, Dillard waited until the last minute to reveal her theme. And she revealed this theme through the use of analogy of the deer to Alan McDonald. This waiting keeps the

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