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magnotta | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM via web

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In "The Stunt Pilot," how is Dillard's perspective altered from being indifferent to the pilot to being struck by beauty as Rahm wields his plane?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM (Answer #1)

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What is clear as we read this account of Rahm's antics with his plane is that Dillard moves from being a disinterested observer at best who watches "idly" as Rahm gets into his plane and then becomes just as hooked and awed as the rest of the crowd who watch him weave his magic as they see the various stunts and tricks he performs in the air above them. In particular, what seems to impress Dillard is the way that she compares Rahm to any artist, and therefore implicitly to herself, in his sheer passion and verve. Consider the following quote:

His was pure passion and naked spirit...Rahm's line unrolled in time. Like music, it split the bulging rim of the future along its seam. It pried out the present.

Dillard describes his skill by saying "Like any fine artist," and through the word choice that she employs to describe him her admiration and awe at his skill is clearly evident. Dillard, through watching Rahm's skill, finds a parallel with what any artist tries to achieve as they challenge their audience to see life in a different way. 

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