A Summary Of David Sedaris's A Plague Of Tics

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In his narrative titled “A Plague of Tics,” David Sedaris utilizes a large array of strategies in order to make his story ‘great’. One of the many strategies that Sedaris utilizes is the expression of internal conflict. Through including this specific strategy, Sedaris allows for the reader to have a better understanding of his mind, allowing them to further empathize and quite possibly relate to him on a deeper level. At the start of his narrative, he recollects on the night after his encounter with his third grade teacher, Miss Chestnut, when he writes, “I would carefully align the objects on my dresser, lick the corners of my metal desk, and lie upon my bed, rocking back and forth thinking of what an odd woman she way, my third-grade teacher, Miss Chestnut. Why come here and lick my switches when she never used the one she had? Maybe she was drunk” (362). With this glimpse into his opinion on his teacher, Sedaris shows how as a child, in his eyes, he had not done anything wrong, although that was how most adults viewed his actions. He demonstrated that his beliefs were that he was the not in the wrong, but rather the only person doing something right. Along with this moment of internal conflict, Sedaris discusses that his brain would not allow him ‘more that ten consecutive seconds of happiness’ later on in his story. He states that while listening to music, relaxing, and rocking back and forth, a voice would come to him saying, “Shouldn’t you be upstairs making sure
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