Audubon And Annie Dillard Analysis

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John James Audubon and Annie Dillard both wrote short passages describing large flocks of birds using vivid imagery and descriptive diction to convey the effect that the flocks had on them as an observer. Both passages have an awed and laudatory tone since the writers seem to be enchanted by the beauty o the birds. While Audubon gives a literal description of what he saw, Dillard describes the birds through the extensive use of figurative language. The descriptive diction in both passages serves to give the reader a mental image of what the writer saw as the birds flew by. Audubon uses phrases like “countless multitudes” and “immense legions” to describe the large amount of birds that he watched fill the sky. The use of these descriptive phrases emphasizes how Audubon was impressed by the huge flocks of birds flying by. Dillard uses descriptive phrases to describe the motion of the birds rather than the amount. Dillard uses the phrases “transparent whirling” and “fluttering banner” to show how she was fascinated by the motion of the birds as they passed.…show more content…
The use of similes also gives the reader a clearer image of what this may have looked like by giving them objects to compare each aspect of the birds to. For example Dillard compares the motion of the birds as a group to “whirling like smoke” and the sound of the birds flying by to the sound of “a million shook rugs.” Dillard also uses personification in the last paragraph to describe her reaction to the bird’s flight. The expression “my lungs roared,” uses personification to describe how she felt blown away and was left breathless by the unexpected beauty of the flock of starlings flying

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