The two main subjects of Annie Dillard’s essay are one: the author’s coming to terms with the intersection of race and opportunity and two: the author’s disappointment with fictional literature. In the first part of Dillard 's, work she talks about reading non- fictional books in a Negro library. The library is empty; she rarely sees any white people and the black people come from a working class. The first part of her essay has to do with race relations and commonality. Her maid lives in the Negro section of town along with Henry Watson.
Annie Dillard’s essay “Sight into Insight” emphasizes how one must live in the moment and not sway towards others opinions in order to gain accurate observations on a situation. She uses nature as a prominent theme in her essay to represent the thought of looking past the superficial obvious in order to go deeper to where the hidden beauty rests. Dillard wants the reader to realize in order to observe clearly you have to live in the moment and let go of the knowledge you think you know on the situation. Dillard uses the example of her “walking with a camera vs walking without one” (para.31) and how her own observations differed with each. When she walked with the camera she “read the light” (para.31), and when she didn’t “light printed” (para.31).
In Annie Dillard’s story The Deer at Providencia, she talks about her experiences with suffering in life. The message that Dillard is trying to convey is that nobody can escape suffering, so we have to learn to accept it as a part of life. The first example of this message is when Dillard sees the deer at Providencia for the last time, and she glances at the deer pityingly and says the Spanish equivalent of “poor little thing.” However, after that Dillard says that she “knew at the time it was a ridiculous thing to say (Dillard 44).” This proves that she acknowledges the suffering it is experiencing, but knows that it is futile to point it out, as suffering is inescapable- it is a part of life.
We are living in the world of technology, where just a small device called smartphone can offer us whatever we want to see. We are living in a world, where we are too busy to go out and explore nature. Caring about this actual situation, Dillard writes an essay Seeing to express her opinion about the importance of observing. According to her, “(Seeing) is a matter of keeping my eyes open”( Dillard, 27). It is not just the use of vision, but it is also the ability of the soul to feel and to understand.
Dillard’s purpose is to inform the reader of how to develop a larger range of our vision in order to get new perspectives on how to live life. She introduces logos to get to ethos. Dillard uses many interesting facts like in “Fixed”, “The female will mate with and devour up to seven males”(Dillard 60) and “If a bee is heavy with honey, the wasp drinks by licking the tongue of her unfortunate victim”(Dillard 60). The facts prove that there are intricate details about everything. The authors desired outcome is to make people want to open their minds and look more abstractly in their lives.
Kimberly Iurman AP Literature and Composition August 8, 2014 The Perfect Freedom of Single Necessity Everyone has their own perception of what kind of life they want to lead, whether it is a happy, successful or plentiful life. Some even aspire to have it all, which has come to be thought of as fame, money, and success. Dillard’s ideal reality leads to a simple life.
Author, Annie Dillard, in her passage, “The Stunt Pilot,” explains how her attitude towards her understanding of art changed after meeting stunt pilot, David Rahm. Dillard’s purpose is to explain how meeting Rahm and seeing his performance transformed her, and helped her to understand what it means when work becomes art. She adopts a tone of awed appreciation in order to convey to her audience of highly literate adults how profoundly Rahm affected her. Dillard begins with a factual and objective style that sets the pace. Dillard introduces Rahm, and informs her audience that he “lived in Bellingham...a harbor town...in Haro Strait” while she lived “between the stints on the island.”
“The trick of reason is to get the imagination to seize the actual world,” Dillard states when describing the time period in which she began to outgrow many of her childhood fantasies. Dillard accounts that when she five, “growing up in Pittsburgh in 1950, I would not go to bed willingly because something came into my room.” However, Dillard kept her fear a private matter and refrained from involving her two year-old Amy, because, “she was innocent of evil.” Dillard goes into further detail about Amy, describing the innocence she displays while asleep as “charming”, “pleasant” and “serene.” Shortly thereafter, Dillard comes to the realization that the innocence Amy possesses protects her from fear.
Society has been continuously instructed that in order to believe something you must have seen it for yourself and provide fact that whatever you may have seen is real. Whether it be a statistic, video, or a professional's statement concrete material is needed to prove its existence, We have grown up thinking seeing is believing, becoming obsessed and driven with the idea that facts are crucially essential to support our every thought and decision, because otherwise it becomes irrelevant. The New York Sun, Published an article entitled "Santa Claus Lives," where the editor responds to a little girl, Virginia, who asks whether or no Santa Claus is real. Beyond his answer he reveals a truth about how people, have discarded the idea of believing is seeing, and rapidly replaced it with facts. Humans have forgotten how to imagine, and have barricaded their minds from simply wondering, consequently submersing themselves into an inevitable cycle of suppression.