To Know A Fly Vincent Dethier

To Know A Fly Four Levels

To Know A Fly is an essay written by an American writer:- Vincent Dethier

Vincent Dethier writer of To Know A Fly
Vincent Dethier

Four levels of the essay To Know A Fly are given below:

Literal Comprehension

“To Know A Fly” is an essay written by an American physiologist name Vincent Dethier. This essay is about four scientific experiments. The first experiment is when many gentlemen are gathered and used to drink whiskey, bourbon, rum, scotch, rye, gin, etc. and mixed it with water, then, in conclusion, the writer thought water has intoxication power. The second is, there is an earthquake in one house, the house is fallen down but the owner of the house is survived. When the house owner was asked, he said when I was pulling down the window shade that time my house has fallen down. The third is, the researcher hung the banana, there are tools, by using these tools the Ape is succeeded to take the banana. The researcher amazed because the Ape used another idea to take the banana than the researcher thought. And the last scientific experiment of an insect, the observer used 10 saucers with normal water and sugared water to find out the tasting way of the insect but the insect tasted beyond the writer’s expectation. And, he found that insect legs have tasting power.


As this text is about the scientific experiment, the writer trying to tell us that a well-conducted scientific experiment is essential to meet the best conclusion. We are all living creatures, we all living creatures have sensitivity power, imaginative power, thinking power and everyone has different types of qualities. So the writer suggests to us that we human beings not feel proud of us. Also, the writer says that flying is more sensitive than human beings.

Critical Thinking

After reading this text I found some interesting ideas with some unsatisfied statements. Some unsatisfied statements to me with this text are as follows:

  • Is every other living creatures have more sensitive power than human beings?
  • How can we believe that flying is more sensitive than human beings?
  • How is it possible to conduct scientific research on human beings in every condition?
  • Are all the conclusions given by the writer in this text are right?


Before reading this text, I have not good knowledge of scientific research and about other living creatures. As I read this text, able to know scientific research is necessary to meet the best conclusion. Also, I know other living creatures have also the sensitivity power, thinking power like we human beings.

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