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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It’s [the light switch] had a long day; we both have. 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

Newer Post Older Post Home. Despite the occasional obvious bit of sarcasm, the subtleties of Sedaris’ language sedarid rhetoric sedais the audience without them really being aware of it. The terms related to the readers pathos in directing them towards a sympathetic attitude. Sedaris inevitably uses understatements in his essay because his “duties” were daily routines that he saw as normal activities, not abnormal tics.

Each year, a teacher called on his mother to discuss the strange tics.

Because the way he describes things with his own point of viewand having stereotypicalone-sided but a sarcastic way to express himself to have a good strong that sufferings from his OCD obsessive compulsive disorder. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Sunday, November 10, “A Plague of Tics”.


Email required Address never made public. Understatements were a beneficial way of representing how he perceived the use of his “tics. Sedaris uses irony, sarcasm, and understatements to explain his unsettling “tics.

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. While reading the story, you find out that his mother seems completely ignorant to his problem and compensates my drinking and smoking. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Posted by paigep at 2: Commentary David Sedaris is a humorist, radio commentator, and playwright.

The examples of understatement in Sedaris’ essay are more obvious than those of irony but often require context to be understood. I found out that when the essay has a hyperbole and sarcastic. One can speculate also, about the family dynamic that is a subtext of the memoir.

Finally, “my nervous habits faded about the same time I took up with cigarettes. Understatements are often used when David Sedaris is talking about the specifics of or considering his tics. So, sedarks do you say, another scotch, Katherine?

Throughout the essay “A Plague of Tics”, David Sedaris employs the rhetoric strategies of irony, understatement, and sarcasm, though they are difficult to pick up on most of the time. Pf is the second of 13 short autobiographical pieces in the book, Naked.

There’s no guesswork involved This site uses cookies. While it is unclear why the behavioral tics developed–Sedaris remembers only that they began after the family was “transferred” from New York state to North Carolina–the author’s description of how he was compelled to act are powerfully effective.


From the safe distance of adulthood, the author can reflect with humor on what was a preoccupying and often mortifying tyranny. In the essay, “A Eedaris of Tics,” the author David Sedaris explores and explains tice life from childhood to young adulthood with what he calls as a time of “a plague of tics.

The use of frequent, well thought out uses of writing such as irony, hyperbole and stereotypes can drastically change the overall piece of writing. That’s what the rest of us do, and it seems to work for us. Notify me of new comments via email. Irony, understatements and hyperboles were great ways to convey his story to the audience. Davis Sedarix uses these three examples to show his purpose, appeal, and use of audience to make it into the book.

Life became more complicated when Sedaris entered college and had to contend with a roommate. Finally there is the author’s most obvious rhetorical strategy: Newer Post Older Post Home.

Chiara’s Thoughts: “A Plague of Tics”

There is also situational irony when Sedaris’ father tells him, “College is plgue best thing that can ever happen to you,” and Sedaris says “he was right.

Then when his mother asks if he has been “leaving [his] seat to lick the light switch,” he says, “Once or twice. Posted by Chiara at 8: