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Harvey Sham Eric Malczewski October 6, 2006 A Total Experience from “Total Eclipse” In the essay “Total Eclipse,” Annie Dillard ingeniously outlines not only the wonders of a solar eclipse but also suggests intuitive perceptions on life, death, and other areas. By using brilliant analogies and rhetoric of significance, Dillard grasps a purely cosmic event and morphs it into her own emotional experience. The author presents certain images in such a dramatic fashion that readers have no choice but to give in to her words. As the moon is completing its phase over the sun, Dillard captures the moment by writing that she “[s]aw on his skull the darkness of night mixed with the colors of day” (482). It seems as if her husband, the object of this description, is stuck in this strange moment of half-light half-dark, as Dillard recalls the events of past generations. She states that at that moment, she “[w]as standing in a movie of hillside grasses filmed in the Middle Ages” (481-482). The author tries to show that
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course WR 100 taught by Professor Gilbert during the Fall '08 term at BU.

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