As she also says, “I would like to learn, or remember, how to live” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard).
Therefore, she is on a quest to live more like the weasel (and to suggest to readers), “to grasp your own necessity and not let it go,” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard).
First of all, there are a couple themes in “Living Like Weasels”.
One of the main ones being the theme of Quest for Identity/Coming of Age.
“That is, I don’t think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular—shall I suck warm blood, hold my tail high, walk with my footprints precisely over the prints of my hands?
—but I might learn something of mindlessness, something of the purity of living in the physical senses and the dignity of living without bias or motive.” In “Living Like Weasels”, the author Annie Dillard, encounters a weasel.“but I might learn something of mindlessness, something of the purity of living in the physical senses and the dignity of living without bias, or motive” She becomes so infatuated by the weasel’s lifestyle that she wants to incorporate it into her own life.“I would like to live as I should, as the weasel lives as he should.Dillard talks about wanting to live more like the weasel she sees in the wild, because as she mentions, “The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice,..” (“Living Like Weasels”, Dillard).Dillard provides a life lesson from her encounter with the weasel with her use of four artistic tools: figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and theme.Typically, in the animal kingdom a weasel is viewed as an unremarkable, and even disgusting animal.However, with the appearance of a weasel, Annie encounters a sort of revelation, or epiphany, about life and how it should be lived. Sadly, there is not a definite answer to the principles of human life. At least one time in our lifetime, we all look at ourselves and wonder if we are living our lives the way we were meant to live them.Every human comes from different backgrounds and different experiences throughout their existence.Each person is different, each with different emotions and reactions to their surroundings.