The language Sedaris uses through out his essay impacts his reader with a strong argument, with purpose and appeals. His essay begins in his third grade math teachers room, and him pressing his nose up against his desk, following by licking the light switch. I turn my back for two minutes and there you are with your tongue pressed against that light switch. When Sedaris was in third grade, it was in the early s, in this time period mental illnesses were not as sympathized as they are today.
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The autobiography starts off with his teacher scolding him because he is licking her light switch. David tells that a person had to do these things because nothing was worse than the anguish of not doing them.
While he was doing this he would try to find the hidden meanings for all of his favorite songs or just random songs. As he starts to get older his parents start to try different things to cure his disorder. This of course makes him want to do it even more so he just about to touch it when his father slams on the brakes.
David examines his now broken nose, and comes to the conclusion that that much force of slamming his nose to the windshield was much more satisfying than just touching things with his nose. Speaker: David Sedaris, a playwright from North Carolina, who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. Audience: People who want to read about people with OCD.
Mood: Annoyed, Frustrated yet Humorous His family is clearly used to the odd behaviors but rather than being worried they tease him and think the tics are voluntarily practiced. Every meeting, Mrs. As Sedaris grows older his traditions lengthen such as: touching, counting, rocking, self inflicting pain, rolling his eyes, violently shaking his head, to saying tiny voices. College brought a bitter-sweet change for Sedaris; it became more difficult to make legitimate excuses for his tics, and he no longer could practice them in private.
David Sedaris,” A Plague Of Tics”
The autobiography starts off with his teacher scolding him because he is licking her light switch. David tells that a person had to do these things because nothing was worse than the anguish of not doing them. While he was doing this he would try to find the hidden meanings for all of his favorite songs or just random songs. As he starts to get older his parents start to try different things to cure his disorder.
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In the excerpt, Sedaris uses a witty tone when writing about his obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders because his disability often makes people uncomfortable. Sedaris takes the audience through a series of examples of his obsessive compulsive behavior and the reactions of his teachers, family, and friends as they tried to deal with it. Sedaris, a satirist, chose humor to talk about his disorder. Sedaris mother mocked him, his father threatened him, and his teachers misidentified his behavior as misconduct. The worst compulsion that Sedaris exhibited was his obsession with licking light switches. Would you like me to come to your house and lick your switches?
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