What did Anne Dillard value so much about the chase described in An American Childhood, and what does it suggest about the quest to create a meaningful life? How I write a relevant thesis statement about this point?

In this passage about being chased after throwing snowballs, Dillard emphasizes the value of passion combined with perseverance. A relevant thesis statement would note that she enjoyed the experience of being chased because the man’s energetic determination equaled her own. Dillard suggests that refusing to give up is a key element of the quest for a meaningful life.

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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 chasing her showed as much energy and determination as she did, which caused her to re-evaluate her opinion...

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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 chasing her showed as much energy and determination as she did, which caused her to re-evaluate her opinion of adults.

Dillard draws an analogy between this experience and playing football—two activities in which she, as a child, was the only girl in a group of boys. When the children bombarded cars with snowballs, they did not anticipate that any of the drivers would seek revenge. One of the men whose car they hit, however, was so infuriated that he left his car and pursued them. Singling out Annie, the man relentlessly followed her through a maze-like set of obstacles until hecaught up with her.

Although Dillard was only seven years old, she had already decided that there was a clear dividing line between children and adults. The ferocity that characterized her involvement in football was something she associated exclusively with children. Football mattered to her not only because of the satisfaction of winning, but even more for the exhilaration of the contest. Devoting total energy to reaching one’s goal thrilled her, and she associated it with playing football:

[Y]ou have to fling yourself at what you're doing, you have to point yourself, forget yourself, aim, dive.

In this case, however, the thrill came from the chase and, to her surprise, it was a grown-up, not another child, who most vividly displayed these characteristics:

[H]e had chased us passionately without giving up and so he had caught us.

Learning that passionate commitment and perseverance are qualities that continue into adulthood provides a solid base for engaging in a quest for a meaningful life.

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