This is the second of 13 short autobiographical pieces in the book, Naked. In it, Sedaris describes, in vivid and humorous detail, the obsessive compulsive. A Plague of Tics is a biographical essay written by David Sedaris. The humorous and painfully awkward dialogue tells the story of Sedaris’s progression into. Title: A Plague Of Tics Essay By David Sedaris, Author: ralzeifeclo, Name: A Plague Of Tics Essay By David Sedaris, Length: 4 pages, Page: 1.

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This way, by the end of the essay, we are left with a mixed up jigsaw puzzle of purpose that slowly sorts itself out until we understand it.

Despite the occasional obvious bit of sarcasm, the subtleties of Sedaris’ language and rhetoric influences the audience without them really being aware of it. Most of the sarcasm in this essay is directed at Sedaris and comes from others mostly adults who do not understand his tics.

This piece is both funny and painful to read. This site uses cookies. There’s no guesswork involved That’s what the rest of us do, and it seems to work for us. All the time he used sdearis sarcasm, one sided stories to make his essay so strong and argumentative.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. I found out that when the essay has a hyperbole and sarcastic.

A Plague of Tics

He explained that while waiting for their house to finish renovation they were living in a different house in the mean time which he states that his mother called, “our own little corner of hell. When he gave in to his “tics” it was as though he was the only person, though he was in a crowded room. Posted by paigep at 2: You are commenting using your WordPress. Finally there is the author’s most obvious rhetorical strategy: Summary This is the second of 13 short autobiographical pieces in the book, Naked.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In it, Sedaris describes, in vivid and humorous detail, the obsessive compulsive behavior that plagued his life from grade school into college.

While reading the story, you find out that his mother sedarjs completely ignorant to his problem and compensates my drinking and smoking. Irony, understatements and hyperboles were great ways to convey his story to the audience. Each year, a teacher called on his mother to discuss the strange tics.

The terms were beneficial to help the reader understand the true hardship of the author and the meaning of the essay. From the safe distance of adulthood, the author can reflect with humor on what was a preoccupying and often mortifying tyranny.

The examples of understatement in Sedaris’ essay are more obvious ticcs those of irony but often require context to be understood. He calls the distance from the school to his house “short” but then when he proceeds to rattle off that it is exactly “six hundred and thirty-seven steps” and takes him an hour “on a good day” to walk, this context immediately highlights the understatement he’s used.

Plague Of Tics

Understatements were a beneficial way of representing how he perceived the use of his “tics. Becausemy actions sedarsi so intensely private, I had always assumed they were somehow invisible. This is the second of 13 short autobiographical pieces in the book, Naked. The use of frequent, well thought out uses of writing such as irony, hyperbole and stereotypes can drastically change the overall piece of writing.


While it is unclear why the behavioral tics developed–Sedaris remembers only that they began after the family was “transferred” from New York state s North Carolina–the author’s description of how he was compelled to act are powerfully effective.

It is a very interesting and personal story that looks into the life of someone with OCD. So, what do you say, another scotch, Katherine? Sunday, November 10, “A Plague of Tics”. One can speculate also, about the family dynamic that is a subtext of the memoir. Newer Post Older Post Home. You are commenting plagye your Twitter account.

Davis Sedaris uses these three examples to show his purpose, appeal, and use of audience to make it into the book. Finally, “my nervous habits faded about the same time I took up with cigarettes.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Not only was “rocking” “Highly pleasurable” but sedaris stated that it was the only exercise that gave him “ten minutes of happiness” It was most likely his most beneficial “tic.

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