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In a chapter of her autobiography The Writing Life referred to as “The Stunt Pilot,” contemporary writer and philosopher Annie Dillard reflected upon her experiences involving world-renowned stunt pilot Dave Rham. As she analyzed his work as a pilot, she came to understand that work can become art. Her tone fluctuates throughout the selection as she comes to a different understanding. In order to achieve her purpose she relies heavily vivid diction supported by imagery and details. She utilizes literary devices that allow the reader to have a realistic feeling. Dillard achieves her purpose by influencing her educated audience about the power of keeping an open mind, when exposed to new experiences. In the beginning of the passage, Dillard immediately orients her audience through the use of vivid imagery.Within paragraph she begins in a factual and objective style,” Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle,” this details achieve a tone used simply to orient her audience. As Dillard moves forward, her tone shifts to one of refection as she continues to establish the initial setting of her transformative experience. ” In 1975… attended … Air show… Bellingham airport… June… people wearing.” These details serve the purpose of bringing her audience physically into this situation. By providing specific diction, ” June,” “stood loosley,” “coffee shop,” the audience knows exactly where they are and what they see. The point is that in order for the audience to freely understand the magnitude of what is to come, they must also understand and experience the chimutin just as she did.Dillard began to justify her initial reaction to Rham’s flying. She started to illustrate her first encounter with Rham, “with a newcomer’s willingness to try anything once,” to see the Bellingham Air Show in 1975. This use of her own experience established ethos by implying that she was well educated on the subject, as it was something she had gone through personally. She used repetition, stating that the pilots, “flew upside down, and straightened out; they did barrel rolls, and straightened out.” She did this in order to emphasize on the repetitive, orderly style of all pilots. Such a show would be exciting, but not something that would likely stick with her long enough to include in something as grand as an autobiography. Dillard’s use of similes is frequently used throughout the essay. Rahm’s talented stunts was often described, ” The plane looped the loop, seemingly arching its back like a gym expert… the plane played around its line like a cat would with yarn.” Dillard portrays the persona of Rham ability in the air. Dillard is able to establish the topic that will revolve around Rham and his experience in the commanding airways in a plane. Dillard continued on to use similes also symmetrical diction, to describe his flying and his art being compared to other artist. She describes, “The other pilots could do these stunts, too, skillfully, one at a time. But Rham used the plane inexhaustibly, like a brush marking thin air.” She characterizes Rham as the brush created the art in the sky while he is flying.Dillard developed methods of characterization throughout her writing, overwhelming the audience with information about Dave Rham. Such as, “I saw a medium-sized, rugged man dressed in brown leather, all begoggled climb in a black biplane open cock pit.” The use of methods of characterization looks, say, do, think, and what others say about them, built up the achieve and appeal to pathos so the audience will care more about him if a tragedy could happen, the audience would be more affected if they knew more about Rham. Dillard use of the sentence starter “I saw…” to reflect through her writing her first memories and encounter form Rham. In addition, Dillard manages to provide us with a parallel contrast between her life intertwined with that of Rahm. She parallels a writing sensation in a spinning manner that goes to show how Dillard regards writing as a serious endeavor. As Dillard watches Rahm execute his stunts in a pilot show, she does so in a passionate manner as she starts dreaming about commanding her own plane just like Rahm. Through the language she uses, it is very clear in her descriptive sensations that as a writer, she considers it similar in efforts to those Rahm puts in his profession. She able to identify this through her assertion that neither of them manage to identify their success in the course of their performances. In simple terms, neither Rahm and Dillard are aware of the development and progress of their respective arts at the moment the task is being carried out.The tone shifted, however, when Rham began his performance. Annie Dillard even compared his flight to Saul Steinberg, a popular American cartoonist and illustrator of the time. She explained how Rham’s flight was “like Saul Steinberg fantasy; the plane was a pen.” By stating this, she created the impression that Rham’s flying was like art. She continued on with this analogy of the flight being art with a series of similes. She claimed Rham made “subtle slits in the air like sculpture,” and that his plane was “like a brush making this air” as he executed his tricks. Sculptures and brushes are items associated with artist, and art has a positive tone attached to it, as it is something that is admired and valued. Thus, she began to shift to a more positive attitude towards the stunt pilot. Rham’s flying also seemed to touch Dillard more deeply than just on the visual level. successful stunts; he was restrained. His school of thought revolved around entertaining the crowd, nothing more. She continued onto make an analogy comparing the performance to music. She claimed, “Like music, it split the buling rim of the future along its seam. It pried out the present.” By saying this, Dillard implied that she believed that the performance was timeless, the same way the music was. The idea of Dillard considering Rham’s flying performance to be art as a major shift from her initial attitude, when she was indifferent towards the pilot.She continued to create a rhetorical pattern throughout her writing. “Nothing on earth is more gladdening than knowing we must roll up our sleeves and move back the boundaries of the humanly possible once more.” This takes the reader from personal reflection to reconsideration to general conclusions . Also we as humans should always be learning because life is an learning experience. The following paragraph builds ethos; credibility for the audience can feel a stronger more powerful attachment of emotions towards Rham. Artistic diction was used to emphasises how she feels about Rham’s skill in the air. She states, ” made beauty with his whole body.” Rham’s plane movement, “every way a line can move, and it controlled three dimensional,” Dillard was mesmerized by the artistic manipulation of the plane, instead of a stunt. It also creates “subtle slits in the air like sculptures,” and compared to “gymnast” doing “cartwheels.” Diction created Dillard vision that inspired her, that end up developing meaningful applications of life. Dillard generated an lipics building up anticipation, of Rham flying up in the air making art with the tail of his plane “Like any fine artist.” Dillard created so much power for herself throughout her writing. “Like any fine artist, he controlled the tension of the audience’s longing. You desired, unwittingly, a certain kind of roll or climb, like a poet, or evaded it until you thought you would burst, and then fulfilled it surprisingly, so you gasped and cried out.” Dillard left the audience breathless, because the audience witnessed what Rham did in the air with his plane. Throughout the description of the performance, Dillard used long drawn out sentences filled with semicolons. For example, she explained how “The music had no periods; ne rests or endings; the poetry’s beautiful sentence never ended; the line had no finish; the sculpture forms piled overhead, one onto another without surcease,” By using semicolons, the reader had no choice but to continue reading in order to get to the end of the sentence. These lengthy sentences helped to emphasize just how overwhelming Rham’s flying was to Dillard. So many emotions were going through her mind at once while watching the aerobatics. She then continued, to explain how ” an ordinary man” stepped out of the plane when the performance was through. This word choice of “ordinary” connected back to Dillard’s original attitude towards Rham that he was just another pilot, and was nothing extraordinary. However, from the extensive description of the flight, it was clear that this attitude had changed.Dillard began to find herself able to fly with Rham. he took her to mountains, and after a flying for a while with him, she got him to do some barrel rolls. She used simile to explain the feeling of the rolls, stating ” The g’s slammed me into my seat like thugs and pinned me to my seat while my heart pounded and the plane turned over slowly.” By using simile, her audience can have a better understanding of what the experience was like for her. The experience was eye-opening for her, as she finally got to understand what it was like to be in Rham’s position. She ev made comparison to olympic athletes, claiming that Rham did much harder tasks and still did much better the athletes. In her anecdote, dillard stated, ” An Olympic gymnast, at peak form, strings out a line of spins… and is hard to keep his footing at the end. Rham endured much greater pressure on his faster spins..and he could… keep twirling till he ran out of sky room.” Comparing them to Olympians, people who are known for their incredible skill, Dillard emphasized her belief that stunt pilot were the greatest art of all. Once again, her attitude toward stunt flying was altered again. No longer was she just excited about the effect Rham’s flying had on her, but she also had gained a new respect for the skill aswell, having personally experienced what it was like.The organization of the paragraphs are set up to introduce moments that are happening in her life. She begins her sentences throughout, “The air show announcer hushed” or “the crowd stilled” the audience can recognize the important moments to pay attention to. The shorted sentences also reveals the apprehension of the feelings of the crowd and herself. The rest of the paragraphs started to unwrap her observations, ending with “How did the pilot know where in the air he was? If he got lost, the ground would swat him?” This last phrase addresses her awareness of Rham doing something dangerous in the air, and reaffirm her amazement of Rham. Dillard word choices forced the audience to read and imagine the experience of Rham flying the way she was experiencing it, the audience felt the emotions she wanted the audience to feel at that time. She created short sentences to slow down the audience, to give the audience a chance to digest the information received so far. Doubled spaces between paragraphs signals a shifted in her writing and the way she wants the audience to feel at that moment in her writing.The passage then shifted, as Dillard explained her encounter with a crop-duster pilot. She reflected how, in what could be a slight hyperbole, the pilot told her, “the life expectancy of a crop-duster pilot is five years.” This fact emphasizes the dangers that came along with just flying a plane, let alone doing tricks the way Rham did. These dangers were confirmed when Dillard received news that Rham had crashed doing a dive and had died. She developed even more respect for Rham, knowing that he chose to take that kind of risk, putting his life on the line. Mozart created an appeal to logos, but it also helped to emphasized yet again the extent of Dillard’s amazement towards the art of stunt flying. Even when he was not performing in a show, watching Rham fly put Dillard in awe. Towards the end Dillard began to lost herself, after to traumatic tragedy of one of Rham’s flights in the air. “I lost myself; standing on the firm porch, I lost my direction and reeled.” This paradox sentence gives the reader a thoughtful process. If you’re standing on something firm your safe, no reason to lose yourself and the power of the moment of beauty and art. Art has the power to move you somewhere else. As she wraps up her lasting thoughts, ” It is hard to imagine a deeper penetration into the universe than Rham’s last dive in his plane, or than his inexpressible wordless selfless line’s inscribing the air and dissolving.” Dillard’s mind was inscribed by Rham’s wonderful and never forgetful flying skills, her devoting time to give the audience and experience his famous stunt flying. Ultimately, in the autobiography The Writing Life, the anecdote “The Stunt Pilot,” Annie Dillard created an lively, and vivid description with using rhetorical strategies about Dave Rham who was a successful stunt pilot who created art in the air with the tail of his plane, and later on been described as artist who couldn’t see his own art but could still, yet created something magical.