“Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris
In the novel, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sedaris has used various literary terms which followed the use of a clear tone. This is clearly depicted with the author’s choice of words, as well as, figurative language. This demonstrates the author’s talent for casually laying out the absurdities of his daily experiences. In the novel, Sedaris has used a depressed tone. He explains how he is depressed by the French instructor. He explains that he is not alone to be belittled, but others also experience a similar attitude from the teacher, during the time they spent in class (Sedaris 13). He explains that the instructor wanted to put everyone down. For instance, he understood only half of what the teacher said, and that the first day that she was in class was very depressing (11). Sedaris also narrates that when the teacher asked that ‘has every one apzkiubjxow, it was very startling because he had not been asked the question for a while and realized that she did not understand the alphabet (11). The author states that the teacher always asked that ‘were you always this palicmkresis (15). It is clear that Sedaris employs nonsense letter arrangements, in order to replace the words that he could not understand (Sedaris 15). Through this, he relates his feelings with what the teacher said and this created pity for him and a mutual understanding (Sedaris 15). This demonstrates a depressed tone.
The novel is nurtured with a very soft but sophisticated diction. The essay itself portrays the author’s style of sarcasm and explains his points in a very clear manner. In addition, the author has used vocabulary that is very easy to understand and manages to relate the readers with his simplistic words. The author is able to convey a strong and provocative message to the audience through the use of simple words. In addition, this gives him the ability to express his message about the American society and persuades the audience to understand the American society, for instance how Americans talk about things they perceive are very important. This illustrates that the novel is a perfect example of a clear diction and demonstrates how simple words can convey a strong message. This shows the reader that the author’s style is sarcastic and talks about real matters, which is a very prudent way of short stories.
Detail is included by the author to show how verbally abused and depressed he was. In addition, this indicated that the teacher was very ruthless and took matters at her personal level and that she is practically dehumanizing students. Through the use of imagery, Sedaris is able to demonstrate the emotions that he and others passed through,...