This Is Water And Annie Dillard

1210 WordsNov 28, 20165 Pages
In both the excerpts from David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech “This is Water” and Annie Dillard essay “Seeing”, the plots of both works focus on how we experience the world. The two works present different ways in which the world is experienced. In “This is Water”, Foster Wallace presents the idea that we are at the center of every experience, and addresses the belief that we are the most important person in our lives. In “Seeing”, Dillard discusses sight and seeing things is a crucial part of experiencing life. Both excerpts address the importance of paying attention to small details in life, however Foster Wallace focuses on paying attention to other people, while Dillard focuses on paying attention to nature. Both of the works discuss how the world is experienced. In “This is Water” David Foster Wallace presents that you are at the center of every experience in your life. “Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe”, “Think about it: there is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of.” (Wallace 10, 13). According to Wallace, in our daily lives, everything we do revolves around us. Every action that we do every single day has a direct impact on us. Wallace believes that it is human nature for people to assume that they are the most important person in their lives. Their own priorities are placed ahead of others, regardless of the situation. Other people may talk to us
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