Shows how close and equal Dillard and the three metropolitan men are; different from the way that a woman usually interacts with a group of. The Deer at Providencia. Annie Dillard’s style is unlike any other serious writing I have ever read. Dillard is able to be intellectual and formal. The speaker’s response to the deer’s situation is what I found most essential of it all. In the first place, she didn’t do much anything but stare at.

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Elissa Huang June 3, at 6: Dillard definitely does convey that it is useless to try to fight the existence of pain. However, she doesn’t feel the need to act like other women who make scandals over everything.

It expands the theme of cruelty, human cruelty towards the deer in order to have a tasty meal. In this manner, the burn victim analogy adds the personal perspective to the story and makes it more appealing to readers.

Filipe, some of your comments have a lot of grammatical errors. The pain was a cycle, one that the deer went through in order to be killed and eaten. I agree, Dillard is very good at entertaining by linking the essay to her thoughts, making it a personal experience more meaningful than a narrative.

Annie Dillard Essays: The Deer at Providencia

It is full of the cruelest and most horrific instances of suffering. So the women says that no one could not do anything even for the suffering of Alan Mcdonald but to feel sad Themes 1.

First, there is the seer, which she describes in some detail. At this point of the essay, I just wondered what could be done under that situation since she is a simple visitor in a foreign culture, yet what the deer undergoes seems to be so cruel.

Annie Dillard (Elissa & Juan): The Deer at Providencia

Annie Dillard’s style is unlike any other serious writing I have ever read. Meanwhile, Alan McDonald pessimistically resigns: The fact that she did nothing about it doesn’t necessarily mean that she doesn’t care, but that she cares even more. The group really active which tries to do something in its favor is the group of native boys. The wife tries to fill the void her children have left behind by tending to her cacti but to little avail.


The story goes as follows. They are certain that if any of their wives were in her stead, they would have cried or at least attempted to help the deer.

The author along with 3 of her friends from North America, are on vacation in the Amazon jungle, eating lunch with a tribe. Maybe we, as humans, are more revolted by suffering of the burn victim. The way the author begins her story, give the impression that she is going to talk about a type of deer living in the Ecuadorian jungle.

It could be used to show the prickly nature of the old couple or to show their survival instincts in an increasingly hostile world — both of which are important features of a cactus.

‘The Deer at Providencia’ by Annie Dillard. Summary (GROUP 6)

She seems to believe that pain is a natural part of life; something that one must accept. From this point, the story takes an abrupt turn. The second part of the story is written with vivid details of the man suffering, and by doing so, renders the seemingly insignificant suffering of the deer obsolete. The tone in which the first half is written is quite descriptive and realistic, on a relatively upbeat note.

That time she thinks about her past and she told them about the extreme situation,which is the story of Alan Dillqrd Mcdonald was the man who was burnt by a flaming gasoline thirteen years ago and that he was burnt once again. The role of the cactus as a simile is a very important literary tool used in the story.

A brief analysis of Annie Dillard’s short essays. She highlights herself as a realist woman who understands the nature of life and does not complain about it. But if providencoa place ourselves in the hooves ; of a deer would the situation be any less horrific?


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here While they are eating, the narrator notices a wounded deer tied to a pole.

Juan Gabriel D June 3, at 7: Here the women compares the suffering of Alan Mcdonald with the deer and tells that both the survivors are in extreme situations fighting for their life. Similes to the Cactus: The unfairness of life is shown in a dual context, that of the deer and of Alan McDonald.

Thursday, June 3, The Deer at Providencia. For the boys of the village diklard spectacle seemed to be a kind of entertainment; for the local businessman, it was something without any importance; and for the visitors, the three North American men and the situation was strange, pathetic.

I was at dinner with my friends. This gruesome reference can go unperceived, but if noticed it adds a strong and morbid tone to the essay as it implies a form or torture. When reading I feel that the essay was written especially for me because It sounds more like and enlightened conversation than an essay. She knows that showing too pprovidencia sympathy for the deer is useless: Posted by Anahi at 8: Imagine watching your deer suddenly become ensnared by an unknown entity that providencka to kill, skin, and eat it.

It repeated the same thing again and again. The author eats the deer meat while watching the deer. Before she came to the Ecuadorian jungle, in her country she was terribly impressed by a photo showing the terrible condition of a man called Alan McDonald, whose dillqrd suffered a terrible burn. Clear that suffering is on par and feels as senseless as the burn victims.