Summary Of Seeing By Annie Dillard

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In her essay, “Seeing”, Annie Dillard describes that someone’s perception of the world are based on preconceived judgements and ideas. Traveling is an example that illustrates that there are many different perceptions of the world, depending on the person. When one travels, their impression will be affected by expectations of the trip. Often, if someone has an image in their head of how traveling will be, they aren’t open-minded to diversity. An individual’s perception of traveling can be affected by what people find enjoyable, their tolerance of creating intercultural relationships, and their appreciation for their own life. People’s impression of traveling may be affected by their presumptions of their destination. For example, many people swarm to ‘tourist traps’ on their trips. While many of these attractions are interesting and beautiful, they aren’t very appealing to visit with thousands of other tourists. For instance, visiting Niagara Falls is a major tourist attraction. People may see impressive pictures of the falls and decide they want to go there. Once they arrive, they realize that there are people everywhere. As a result, it can be hard to get a good view of the falls. Some may realize Niagara Falls is not all that it’s hyped up to be. Others are thrilled that they got to visit the impressive phenomenon. It all depends on the expectations one has about it. If they were expecting to get jaw-dropping views and few people, they may be disappointed. But, they may
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