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Me Talk Pretty One Day

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"Make Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris


The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices.

How Satire and Humor Can Change the Way a Story is Told

David Sedaris' Satire (Example)

"After paying my tuition, I was issued a student ID, which allows me a discounted entry fee at movie theaters, puppet shows, and Festyland, a far-flung amusement park that advertises with billboards picturing a cartoon stegosaurus sitting in a canoe and eating what appears to be a ham sandwich."

1st paragraph, page 378

Group Conversation

"My only comfort was the knowledge that I was not alone. Huddled in the hallways and making the most of our pathetic French, my fellow students and I engaged in the sort of conversation commonly overheard in refugee camps."

page 382




Group Work

Find one example in the essay where the author demonstrates humor.



In Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, philosopher Henri Bergson writes the following:

Several have defined man as "an animal which laughs." They might equally as well have defined him as an animal which is laughed at; for if any other animal, or some lifeless object, produces the same effect, it is always because of some resemblance to man, or the stamp he gives it or the use he puts it to.

Write a one page paper in which you argue whether Me Talk Pretty One Day more effectively presents man as a creature "which laughs" or "which is laughed at".