Oct 5, SUMMARY. Annie Dillard wrote “Living Like Weasels”, an essay in which she paints the story of her encounter with a weasel. She explains that. Annie Dillard – “Living Like Weasels” – Grades DRAFT – Awaiting review and improvement per the Tri-State quality review rubric. Learning Objective: The . Nov 7, Free Essay: Living like Weasels In the essay “Living like Weasels”, the author Annie Dillard wrote about her first encounter after she saw a real.

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This tree is excellent. I startled a weasel who startled me, and we exchanged a long glance.

His face was fierce, small and pointed as a lizard’s; he would have made a good arrowhead. Who knows what he thinks?

We could live under the wild rose as weasels, mute and uncomprehending. A weasel doesn’t “attack” anything; a weasel lives as he’s meant to, yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. The way humans interact with wildness–we toss beer cans and drive motorcycles and we fashion and re-fashion nature, sometimes with disregard.

He had two black eyes I didn’t see, any more dillaed you see a window. Who knows what he thinks? It makes a dry, upholstered bench at the upper, marshy end of the pond, a plush jetty raised from the thorny shore between a shallow blue body of water and a deep blue body of sky.


I ended up doing some further reading on this piece and found a student criticism from an NYU literary magazine. I come to Hollins Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, to forget about it. As Dillard continues with her story, she describes a time when she visited a pond close to her house.

It caught my eye; I swiveled around–and the next instant, inexplicably, I was looking down at a weasel, who was looking up at me. Could two live that way? What is the purpose of the two anecdotes–the story of the “naturalist” and the story of the “eagle”? What does Dillard mean by “wild”?

Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard

This gives the readers insight into her thoughts and how she sees weasels. To dillarc out more, including how to control cookies, see here: We could, you know.

We can live any way we want. I would like to have seen that eagle from the air a few weeks or months before he was shot: The man could in no way pry the lifing weasel off and he had to walk half a mile to water, the weasel dangling from his palm, and soak him off like a stubborn label. Wasels should have lunged for that streak of white under the weasel’s chin and held on, held on through mud and into the wild rose, held on for a dearer life.

Living Like Weasels by Annie Dillard – aplogosblog

While Dillard could have just written about we humans should live like weasels, she shows us why she believes this. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


It felled the forest, moved the fields, and drained the pond; the world dismantled and tumbled into that black hole of eyes. Annie Dillard arranges her work by presenting a contrast between the life a weasel, in the first part, and an insight into her own life, in the second part. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A yellow bird appeared to my right and flew behind me. She encourages readers to learn from her experience with the weasel. Dillard depicts her encounter with the weasel to show her readers that humans have become too distracted by their freedom of choice.

This is, mind you, suburbia.

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? Sometimes he lives in his den for two days without leaving. The readers are also able to see how she connects the way weasels live to how she wants to be able to live.

There’s a 55 mph highway at one end of the pond, and a nesting pair of wood ducks at the other.