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Analysis Living Like Weasels Annie Dillard Annie Dillards essay Living Like Weasels offers its readers a unique comparison between the life of weasels and the life of human beings It seems that one of Dillards principal objectives is to appeal to all types of people so that all can enjoy her writing Therefore Dillard uses stylistic choice to make her story more universally understandable This essay examines four different realms of discourse in detail In the first two paragraphs all types are demonstrated including the childrens story objective or naturalistic scientific and poetic approaches These realms of discourse are established in the beginning and can be seen again throughout the essay As the essay begins the sense of a childrens story is very much conveyed A weasel is wild Who knows what he thinks He sleeps in his underground den his tail draped over his nose These first three sentences give an introduction to the topic and describe the basics about a weasel The short sentences are typical of childrens story writing as well as the simple ideas Dillard uses this type of introduction to appeal to all types of readers and to establish her ideas in a very elementary type style Throughout the entire rest of the story this childlike approach continues as Dillard describes the actual account she once had with a weasel It is very descriptive and almost journal or diary like The bulk of the story follows this pattern and although the vocabulary becomes more complicated and a little more trivial the sense of a childrens story is still present By using this technique throughout the essay the reader is able to easily follow the story and acquire a true sense of what the authors message is A second realm of discourse used is the objective or naturalistic approach This is also seen in the beginning of the story when Dillard talks about an account where a naturalist came in
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