ANNIE DILLARD TRANSFIGURATION PDF

It starts in when she was five. She grew up in Pittsburgh in the 50s in "a house full of comedians. Her father taught her many useful subjects such as plumbing, economics, and the intricacies of the novel On the Road , though by the end of her adolescence she begins to realize neither of her parents is infallible. In her autobiography, Dillard describes reading a wide variety of subjects including geology, natural history, entomology, epidemiology, and poetry, among others. Among the influential books from her youth were The Natural Way to Draw and Field Book of Ponds and Streams [3] because they allowed her a way to interact with the present moment and a way of escape, respectively. Her days were filled with exploring, piano and dance classes, rock collecting, bug collecting, drawing, and reading books from the public library including natural history and military history such as World War II.

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I thought it was crazy that someone would spend so much time writing about a moth. After reading the second part I learned that the moth was a symbol for her life. I sort if understand that, but I do not understand how it is completely relevant. Because she kept a journal for everything significant that happened in her life she was able to have inspiration for countless themes in her writing.

If she had not focused her attention on the burning moth when she was camping, the dead moths behind her toilet would never have meant anything to her.

I think it takes a good writer, like herself, to be able to use that seemingly pointless observation as a theme for a piece of writing. She mentions that it is not a bad thing to write everything you think of on your first draft.

The point is to get all of your ideas onto paper and later be able to sift through them. Annie says that as long as you are able to take a critical look at that draft and revise it by taking or adding things out, your first draft should indeed include many thoughts and ideas. In the end the writer hopes that her readers were not confused by the story of the moth. Unfortunately I was still confused as to the point of the story at the end. Annie also makes it a point to advise her readers not to become writers.

I did not think that it as a good way to end the piece because it gives no hope or inspiration. Share this:.

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I thought it was crazy that someone would spend so much time writing about a moth. After reading the second part I learned that the moth was a symbol for her life. I sort if understand that, but I do not understand how it is completely relevant. Because she kept a journal for everything significant that happened in her life she was able to have inspiration for countless themes in her writing. If she had not focused her attention on the burning moth when she was camping, the dead moths behind her toilet would never have meant anything to her.

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“Transfiguration” by Annie Dillard

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