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Harvey Sham Eric Malczewski October 2, 2006 An Analysis of Stylistic and Rhetorical Choices in “Total Eclipse” Annie Dillard cleverly employs literary devices throughout her essay “Total Eclipse.” The proper use of certain styles aids the reader in picturing the images that the author wants him to see. For example, Dillard describes the sky as a background for objects such as the sun and the moon to travel. In a description of the eclipse, Dillard “saw a circular piece of that sky appear, suddenly detached, blackened, and backlighted; from nowhere it came and overlapped the sun” (483). Here the author suggests that the moon is simply a “circular piece of that sky” that came and covered the sun. Dillard also repeats the –ed sound in this sentence multiple times, giving the reader a sense of awe at what this piece of sky is doing to the majestic sun. Dillard uses the pronoun “it” constantly in place of the moon. According to Dillard, “[i]t did not look like the moon. It
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Unformatted text preview: was enormous and black” (483). Using concise yet easily grasped details, she illustrates a vivid picture of the event in the reader’s mind. The author is able to describe the scene in such a way that even a reader who has never seen an eclipse before can visualize it in his head. Dillard keeps the reader interested by including her own little anecdotes such as the reference to the Emperor Louis of Bavaria. Also, she uniquely compares the moon to a dragon. By doing so, Dillard creates the image of a beast swallowing the sun. In the following sentences, she continues to use the pronoun “it” to describe the relation of the moon and the eclipse. Works Cited Dillard, Annie. “Total Eclipse.” The Best American Essays of the 20 th Century . Ed. Joyce Carol Oates. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000....
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