Fecundity - Dillard is referring to the engines as people...

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Justin Flynn English 101-037 October 25, 2007 Short Paper 4 – Analysis of “Fecundity” In “Fecundity”, an excerpt from Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Dillard writes about the debate between evolution and a God-centered view. She uses the pathos appeal very well to engage the reader’s emotions about the topic by using some provocative statements throughout the writing. This makes it effective for the reader to get involved and take one side or the other. “The engines crash, collide, derail, jump, jam, burn. At the end of the massacre you have three engines, which is what the run could support in the first place. There are few enough of them that they can stay out of each other’s paths” (Dillard, 602).
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Unformatted text preview: Dillard is referring to the engines as people and how there is not enough room for everyone, and we all have to die sometime. This is kind of a graphic statement, but it gets the reader thinking. Dillard doesn’t make the reader lean toward either side of the argument, but it gets their emotions involved by thinking about death and lets them make their own conclusion. Dillard gets the point across in this writing about how controversial the debate between evolution and God-centered view really is. She shows emotion to both extremes without taking a side, in the text. It is left to the reader to think what they want about the topic now that they have read both sides of the argument....
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