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Living Like Weasels

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Madison Jones

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Living Like Weasels

"; the world dismantled and fell into that black hole of eyes."

"He was ten inches long, thin
a curve, a muscled ribbon, brown as fruitwood, soft-furred, alert."

"I should have lunged for that streak of white under the weasel's chin and
held on
held on
through mud and into wild rose,
held on
for a dearer life."

": was the whole weasel still attached to his feathered throat, a fur pendant? Or did the eagle eat what he could reach, gutting the living weasel with his talons before his breast, bending his beak, cleaning the beautiful airborne bones?"

Weasel Bite
"Living Like Weasels", an essay by Annie Dillard, describes the author's experience with a weasel and her consequent analysis on the way a human lives by choice versus the weasel's life of necessity. While the weasel operates out of survival, Dillard concludes that it has much more freedom than a human who acts on choice.
Living Like Weasels:
A Summary
Born: April 30, 1945; Pittsburgh, PA

Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Hobbies: Writing and Nature

She liked to explore the outdoors and collect rocks and bugs.

She enjoyed reading books about Nature.
Annie Dillard
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Living Like Weasels

Living Like Weasels
Significance of the
In "Living Like Weasels", the weasel represents freedom or free will; the weasel has no ties to responsibility as humans do. Although the weasel lives out of necessity and survival, Dillard concludes that, unlike humans, the weasel truly has freedom.
A n n i e D i l l a r d
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Reason for Writing
Annie Dillard describes herself as waking up from a self-absorbed childhood and being immersed into the larger world. She appreciates nature and animals because they don't close themselves off from the rest of the world, they take everything in. In "Living Like Weasels", she reveals that the difference between man and nature is that nature is instinctive and observes every detail while humans easily gets caught in their own world.
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