Analysis of a Creative Non-Fiction Essay

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Analysis of a Creative Non-Fiction Essay

  • Format: Use MLA style for writing assignments.
  • Length Requirement: 750-1000 words
  • All sources must be cited

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Using one of the creative non-fiction essays we read in this unit, write an essay that demonstrates how and why that particular non-fiction text utilizes one or two of the literary themes discussed in Unit 2. What is the author saying about it? Why do you think he or she is saying it in this way? What surprises us about the text's depiction of the theme? Also, address how and why the fact that the text is non-fiction influences its impact relating to the theme.

Literary Themes:

  • Love (Platonic, Romantic, or Filial)
  • Alienation/Otherness
  • The American Dream/Nightmare
  • The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age
  • Conformity/Rebellion

In addition to discussing at least one of these themes, feel free to also explore other noticed literary themes that are not included in Unit 2. Be sure to use specific examples, details, and quotes from the text (use the author's name in parenthetical citation).

The Essays topic: Annie Dillard’s “Living Like Weasels”

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"Dillard and the American Dream: One main point in Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" is that people, who are logical and live by choice, can learn from animals, who are illogical and live only by necessity. What choices are involved in attempting to live out the typical American Dream? How do those choices differ from living according to necessity? In other words, what is the difference between the lifestyles defined by the American Dream as opposed to those defined by minimalism?"

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Living Like Weasels
Annie Dillard's narrates on the experience that Dillard had with the weasels. She stated
that human beings can learn some of the behaviors and ways of life from the animals. The text
has brought out a comparison between the lives of the animals and the lives of the human beings.
In this essay, the aspect of life and death, unnatural and natural, and, simplicity as well as
complexity have been revealed. The concept of freedom of choice has been brought out from the
essay in that, the weasel that chooses to kill the other rodents for food. In this case, Dillard
explains that human beings should be left to make choices on their own without being limited by
any circumstances or laws. In this essay, the theme of the American Dream has been depicted
(Izabells, n.p).
From the text, Dillard admires the way weasel lives its life and wishes that human beings
should follow an example of the animal. When human beings imitate some of the characters of
the animals, the will be made a better place and every individual will enjoy the freedom of
living. The theme of American Dream states that a community should be in a place where every
individual has an opportunity to access the basic necessit...

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