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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Then I cut down through the woods to the mossy fallen tree dillrad I sit. Could two live that way?

Although this essay is extremely abstract, the qeasels message of the essay is very clear. It felled the forest, moved the fields, and drained the pond; the world dismantled and tumbled into that black hole of eyes. And I suspect that for me the way is like the weasel’s: It is a five-minute walk in three directions to rows of houses, nanie none is visible here. I startled a weasel who startled me, and we exchanged a long glance. The readers are also able to see how she connects the way weasels live to how she wants to be able to live.

I think the most influential part of the essay by far is the last paragraph. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. Annie Dillard begins her dilard narrative with a description of the weasel living in the natural world–two weaseels of description, well more so, a powerful setting using animals in a metaphorical way to depict an elusive human reality.

A weasel doesn’t “attack” anything; a weasel lives as he’s meant to, yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. What is the purpose of the two anecdotes–the story of the “naturalist” and the story of the “eagle”?


Dillard wants to live in dilllard rather than choice.

Down is a good place to go, where the mind is single. This is, mind you, suburbia. Annie Dillard arranges her work by presenting a contrast between the life a weasel, in the first part, and an insight into her own life, in the second part.

Seize it and let it seize you up aloft even, till your eyes burn out and drop; let your musky flesh fall off in shreds, and let your very bones unhinge and scatter, loosened over fields, over fields and woods, lightly, dillwrd, from any height at all, from as high as eagles.

The story opens with some background information about weasels, including a story of an eagle that was discovered to have a weasel skull attached to it. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience–even annnie silence–by choice. Email required Address never made public. She is able to convince readers of her claim by shifting tones throughout the piece.

Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard

This tree is excellent. He had two black eyes I didn’t see, any more than you see a window. I missed my chance. What goes on in his brain the rest of the time?

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Now, in summer, the steers are gone. Notify me of new comments via email. His face was fierce, small and pointed as a lizard’s; he would have made a li,e arrowhead. It is commonly believed that humans are the only animals with souls.

Then even death, where you’re going no matter how you live, cannot you part.

His journal is tracks in clay, a spray of feathers, mouse blood and bone: He was ten inches long, thin as a curve, a muscled ribbon, brown as fruitwood, soft-furred, alert. The intention of this liviing is connected to the intention of the piece as a whole because Dillard wants us, as the reader, to be able to learn from the lifestyle of a weasel.


Dillard depicts her encounter with the weasel to show her readers that humans dillatd become too distracted by their freedom of choice. 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.

As Dillard continues with her story, she describes a time when she visited a pond close to her house.

That is, I don’t think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular–shall I suck warm blood, hold my tail high, walk lie my footprints precisely over the prints of my hands? I love the whole criticismbut especially this excerpt: He exists for a single perfect moment, much like the way we depict angels as stationary, hyper-perfect beings.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons. 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?

I have been reading about weasels because I saw one last week. The far end is an alternating series of fields and woods, fields and woods, threaded everywhere with motorcycle tracks–in whose bare clay wild turtles lay eggs.