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Avni Dalal English 101 12 November 2011 Analysis of An American Childhood The excerpt from Annie Dillard’s “An American Childhood” is a beautifully written reflection on an event from her childhood. With the use of reminiscent tone, vivid description, and syntax, Dillard shows the reader that even though it was a simple event to many it transformed her life. The author uses a reminiscent tone in describing her childhood throughout the passage but describes the event of the man chasing her down with so much enthusiasm that it can be inferred that it was a life-changing moment for her. Dillard in the very first sentence says how the “boys taught [her] to play football” and that she whole-heartedly enjoyed it by stating that “Nothing girls did could compare with it.” During winter they would throw snowballs at passing cars. She states that “[she] got in trouble throwing snowballs, and [has] seldom been happier since.” Her use of tone shows that she was rebellious and adventurous as a child.
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Butler during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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