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  • American Childhood By Annie Dillard
    405 words
    Based on Peter S. Hawkins' Review An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard, is a happy memoir of Annie's own life, a child of a well-to-do Pittsburgh family. Dillard remembers much of her childhood and doesn't hesitate to tell us a bit of it. Author Flannery O'Conner once said, "any novelist who could survive her childhood had enough to write about for a lifetime". This was most certainly the case for Dillard. A person's childhood is something that cannot be forgotten. From grandparents telling t...
  • Dillard's Passage
    466 words
    Audubon and Dillard A small child views a painting, giggling to his mother how it looks like an elephant soaring throughout the galaxy. An hour later a middle age man views the exact painting only to acknowledge the abstract painting as a collage of miscellaneous shapes and colors. This view is much like the comparison between John James Auburn and Annie Dillard passages, revealing opposite and similar aspects on the subject of birds. Auburn's passage inhabits a sense of seriousness and monotone...
  • Society's Expectations Of The Female Gender
    1,569 words
    "Waking Up to the Reality of a Personally Fulfilling Future" Throughout Dillard's, An American Childhood, she describes the distinct gender roles of men and those of women in the 1950's. Dillard tells us of the explicitly different duties and responsibilities men and women had. The influence which society, specifically adults, has on Annie is extremely powerful and ultimately acts as a guiding light into her future. This influence eventually drives her to desire knowledge about why society has s...
  • Dillard's Mother
    620 words
    Personal qualities are the characteristics that make a person unique. Obviously, not all personal qualities are admirable. Personal qualities can be quirky or even annoying, which neither makes them admirable or not admirable. An admirable quality is not necessarily one that one would like to imitate; it can simply be a quality that one finds interesting or appealing. In Dillard's story, she identifies many qualities her mother possesses that she admires. Dillard's mother has a fascination for w...
  • Essay About Human Nature With The Whale
    773 words
    Annie Dillard's view of nature is simply stated in 'Teaching a Stone to Talk': "We are here to witness". (90) We are not here to analyze, conquer, tame or understand and she does not use any of these themes in her writing like so many other nature writers. In 'Very Like a Whale', Robert Finch is obsessed with the question of why so many people came to observe the whale, and in analyzing this question concludes that they come to confirm their 'otherness'. In some ways, this does not seem like a n...
  • Annie Dillard
    799 words
    A Biography of Annie Dillard by: Nicole Muller Sister Philo mena Murphy Joann Solberg Jennifer Wiese BSM-2-152 Presented to the faculty of Cardinal Stretch University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Business Management July, 2003 ASB 101 B. White, Instructor Annie Dillard was born Meta Ann Doak on April 30th, 1945 to Frank and Pam Lambert Doak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both parents had a strong sense of justice, adventure and intellectualism, and raise...

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