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Audubon/Dillard Ap Prompt Essay

  • Submitted by: amirabito200
  • on May 11, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 535 words

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Alex Mirabito
Mr. McBride

Audubon and   Dillard both describe the flights of the flocks of birds the see, describing their feelings about the experience into their observations. Audubon approaches his flock with a methodical and scientific view and is mostly amazed with the unusualness of the pigeons but Dillard's experience of watching the flock of birds expresses a spiritual and emotional side of bird watching.
Audubon firsts writes the place where he saw the pigeons: "in passing over the Barrens a few miles beyond Hardensbug, I observed the pigeons." Also, Audubon immediately states the birds he saw and the direction of the flight, "from north-east to south-west." Only a scientist studying birds, records the time, place, and direction of flight. "I observed the pigeons flying... in greater numbers than I thought I had ever seen them before." He does not just want to watch them; he has "an inclination to count the flocks."
Dillard's observation is less scientific and more poetic. She first says, "Out of the dimming sky a speck appeared, then another, and another." She grabs the attention of the reader very quickly.   She beautifully describes the passage of the flock in relation to her. Dillard enjoys the watching the unpredictable flight pattern but knows that the reason for the apparent randomness is just "that's how birds fly." She had no desire to explain why this happens because she focuses on the beauty of what she sees. However,   Audubon, first proceeds to count the number flocks that passes by, but eventually gives up, realizing that it is impossible to count the number, so he continues to his destination. Since he is unable to make some sort of scientific observation he moves on. He does not stop and just enjoy the beauty, but he does not forget about the pigeons either, and notices that as he proceeds more pigeons emerge, creating, an eclipse covering "the light of noon-day." Dillard stands still, right where she is and doesn't...

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