Human Explusion In Annie Dillard's Living Like Weasels

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“Being free” is just a delusion that is instilled into a human’s nature since they were little. In Annie Dillard’s “Living like Weasels” the author is trying to portray her marvelous confrontation with a wild weasel, and gives her opinion on what she notices. “The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice” (8). No one is truly free, since one can not only be a prisoner to material possessions, but also their wants and desires do drive them. Furthermore, in Human Traits in the Animal, John Burroughs does a great job on describing how humans and animals have some of the same characteristics. “We are all made of one stuff the functions of our bodies are practically the same” (37); obviously, we live differently but we live with a similar mindset, survive, love, and strive. I believe if you put both readings together and unite the thoughts, our human selves would be able to coexist better with our animal surroundings.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I believe is one of the most incoherent question ever.
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What caught my eye, was in the first paragraph when she says, “stalks rabbits, mice, muskrats, and birds, killing more bodies than he can eat warm, and often dragging the carcasses home”. (6) Having a sentence like that means she really did some great observation, since it is very well depicted. Weasels live to survive, they don’t have time to wait and see what their following actions are going to be. “I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go”, (8) just shows how having a necessity is important, from human to a weasel. According to, animals are known to suffer from anxiety when they are stressed out, like when they do not have enough food for their family or have proper shelter. Like Humans, anxiety can happen if you do not have a certain purpose or
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