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Living Like a Weasel Poem Analysis

  • Submitted by: nanemoraes
  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 713 words

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Living Like a Weasel

Dillard contrasts living by necessity versus choice through the use of metaphors and similes. Dillard praises the weasel through the whole essay by showing how weasels can be more intelligent then we think they are. The main reason why the weasel is a smart creature is because the weasel lives how he wishes, for necessity, while we live by choice.
Dillard conveys that once she saw a weasel and discovered a tremendous interest on the animal, she then starts telling the story in flashbacks to explain why the curiosity. Holling pond is a unique place where Dillard goes to observe the weasel. The first time Dillard saw the weasel they had a enormous connection. “ She had two black eyes I didn’t see, any more then you see a window”(14) this metaphor is brought up for the reader to display that the eyes of the weasel are the key to the soul. She could not see his eyes, but she could see what was underneath. At this moment Dillard spots the weasel and discovers they share something in common. “Our look was if two lovers or deadly enemies, met unexpectedly on an overgrown path when each had been of something else.”(14) Dillard still talks about the eyes of the weasel, but now she compares the “ look” she had with the weasel to the “ look” that two lovers have, which is something deep, more then just a normal “ look”. This metaphor describes how meaningful the weasel is to Dillard, although the weasel means something she could not decide, rather it was something good or bad, thats why she uses contrary words as “ lovers” and “ enemies”. The eyes are something grateful for Dillard, she gives various examples of how deep it was. “ The world dismantled and tumbled into that black hole of eyes”(14), this metaphor connects to the first metaphor used by Dillard to describe the eyes of the weasel, “ black holes.” By using the expression “ the world dismantled” she illustrates that there are a lot of things going on in the weasels head. After the...

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