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An American Childhood

In the memoir An American Childhood, Annie Dillard writes about growing up in the neighborhood of Point Breeze in Pittsburg. In one chapter, she recalls the thrill of playing football and throwing...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 5:38 pm UTC

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Annie Dillard is known for her deft use of rich and exquisite language in her work, and An American Childhood is no exception. Nearly every paragraph of the novel contains literary devices in the...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 1:15 am UTC

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An American Childhood is about "waking up"--of a child's emerging awareness that she is part of the larger world. Dillard's memoir is roughly divided along chronological lines, moving from early...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2015 2:42 am UTC

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Annie Dillard writes convincingly about throwing snowballs and being chased by a man whose car she and her friends hit. An appropriate thesis related to this chase would emphasize that the man...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021 1:21 am UTC

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After reading The Field Book of Ponds and Streams over and over again Annie desperately wants to get her hands on a microscope. She thinks that everyone needs one, not just detectives at the FBI...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2019 9:46 am UTC

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Annie Dillard is the only girl in a group of boys who are throwing snowballs at passing cars on Reynolds Street in Pittsburgh. Someone lobs a snowball that hits a car's windshield. Usually, cars...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021 10:51 pm UTC

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I would argue that Dillard reveals her intended audience in the epilogue of her fantastic autobiography, where she reveals that what matters is not her story but the experience of "coming awake."...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 10:36 am UTC

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There are several things we learn about Dillard's humorous side in An American Childhood. For one thing, she likes to play practical jokes. However, these aren't the potentially harmful type, like...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2015 3:55 am UTC

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In the memoir An American Childhood, Annie Dillard writes about growing up in a residential neighborhood of Pittsburg. She is five as the narrative opens, and World War II has just recently ended,...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 3:54 pm UTC

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In her memoir An American Childhood, Annie Dillard shows how even the smallest experiences can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Let’s look at a few examples. Even when Annie is a very small...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 3:43 pm UTC

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This scene as described by Annie Dillard in her memoir An American Childhood is a popular one for secondary school literature anthologies because it describes in detail something many kids are...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2012 9:04 pm UTC

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Dillard seems to have had a typical, idyllic suburban middle-class upbringing. This might seem unremarkable, but what is remarkable is the way that Dillard, even as a child, interpreted her...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 7:02 am UTC

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To come up with a suitable thesis for these questions concerning "The Chase" from An American Childhood by Annie Dillard, it is important to analyze the passage carefully. It starts with a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021 1:31 am UTC

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Dillard's purpose in writing is to remember her childhood, of course. But more than that, she is trying to explain her own origin story—how she came to be the person that is writing the book. This...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 12:07 pm UTC

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An American Childhood by Annie Dillard is a memoir of growing up. Like all such memoirs, it acts as a kind of bridge between childhood and adulthood; it deals with the often difficult transition...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 7:14 am UTC

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It’s important that Annie Dillard fills An American Childhood to the brim with allusions, brief references to people, places, historical events, or other literature, because while An American...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 2:17 am UTC

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I will try to answer this, knowing very well that many share the same analysis of Dillard's work. I seek not to change minds, but rather offer a potential morsel of explanation. I think that part...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2009 10:17 am UTC

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An American Childhood is a memoir written by Annie Dillard about her childhood in Pittsburgh. The memoir begins just after the Second World War when Annie is five years of age. It ends just before...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 2:13 pm UTC

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Annie has seen a lot of fascinating animals on her many little excursions, but there are still many she's only read about in books that she would very much like to see. In particular, she wants to...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 11:23 am UTC

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The autobiography An American Childhood by Annie Dillard tells of the author's years growing up in a residential neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The chapter that is referred to in this question begins...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 7:41 pm UTC

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Dillard finds the Field Book of Ponds and Streams in the basement of the Homewood public library. She is fascinated by the way of life she imagines the book advocates. She loves the idea of...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021 12:00 pm UTC

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An American Childhood is a memoir written by American author Annie Dillard. Annie’s mother, Pam Doaks, is a housewife and loving mother who belongs to the upper class of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 10:41 am UTC

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Early in part 1, Dillard describes the mysterious event which she believes to be a monster coming into her room. Only she is in the room when she thinks the monster is joining, and shortly...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 2:40 am UTC

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The form of An American Childhood--loose chronology, looping vignettes, microscopic observation--matches its content. Dillard's focus on skin, topography, treasure seeking, and division mirrors...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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It is difficult to see any cultural similarities between these two great books, but I would argue that the similarity lies in the fact that both are related to the effects of war. In "Civil Peace,"...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 8:51 am UTC

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