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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The quote tells us that first we have to observe our goal from a distance to ensure we have the skills necessary to accomplish it, then finally, we have to apply ourselves fully, without thinking diplard or carrying out anything else.

I love the whole criticismbut especially this excerpt: This tree is excellent. I would like to have seen that eagle from the air a few weeks or months before he was shot: Email required Address never made public.

Then even death, where you’re going no matter how you live, cannot you part. It is commonly believed that humans are the only animals with souls. She wants to rely livung on instinct and present happiness than worry about the future. However, once she encounters the weasel, her tone changes; she becomes significantly less dubious.

Seize it and let it seize you up aloft even, till your eyes burn out and drop.


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.

Remember that essays always go somewhere and that includes the author’s ability to imply that the factual description he or she offers will have implications to living life as a human being. The sun dillafd just set.

Down is a good place to go, where the mind is single. I waited motionless, my mind suddenly full of data and my spirit with pleadings, luving he didn’t return. The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons.

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Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard

I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. The weasel is less of a fable character and more of a holy figure.

The antithesis is vertical energy, a spectacle of lights and glitter that dilalrd no real information. This is equivalent to the kind of journalism John Keeble calls horizontal energy, a term he borrows from Wes Jackson, that indicates thebest sources for good stories. He had two black eyes I didn’t see, any more than you see a window.

Hollins Pond is also called Murray’s Loving it covers two acres of bottomland near Tinker Creek with six inches of water and six thousand lily pads.

A weasel doesn’t “attack” anything; a weasel lives as he’s meant to, yielding wnnie every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. I have been reading about weasels because I saw one last week. We could, you know. Who knows what he thinks? I think the most influential part of the essay by far is the last paragraph.


Dillard wants to live in necessity rather than choice. If you and I looked at each other that way, our skulls would split and drop to our shoulders. Our look was as if two lovers, or deadly enemies, met unexpectedly on an overgrown path when each had been thinking of something else: As Dillard continues with her story, she describes a time when she visited a pond close to her house.

I could live two days in the den, curled, leaning on mouse fur, sniffing bird bones, blinking, licking, breathing musk, my hair tangled in the roots of grasses.

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I missed my chance. Dillard depicts her encounter with the weasel to show her readers that humans have become too distracted by their freedom of choice. This gives the readers weasela into her thoughts and how she sees weasels. While Dillard could have just written about we humans should live like weasels, she shows us why she believes this.