Me Talk Pretty One Day By David Sedaris

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In his essay, Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris uses humor and satire, to chronicle his time as a student in a French language class while living in France. Sedaris creatively expresses his external and internal struggles as a student in his later years, bringing real life examples of how he overcame his obstacles to obtain his educational goals. Through careful research and critical analysis, this essay effectively proves that despite adversity, self-doubt, and preconceived notions of what “college-age” is, acquiring a higher education is possible.
Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes. For Sedaris, adversity came in the shape of a “well-tanned” French instructor. From day one, the French instructor left no doubt about how each person was going to be treated. As Sedaris exclaimed, one of her first responses to a student was filled with sarcasm and venom, “’Oh, really," the teacher said. "How very interesting. I thought that everyone loved the mosquito, but here, in front of all the world, you claim to detest him. How is it that we've been blessed with someone as unique and original as you? Tell us, please.’” This set the tone for the rest of the class that day… and the days to come. Sedaris maintains throughout his writing that the humiliation did not stop there. She methodically, one by one, would verbally castrate each student as he or she responded to her questions. She managed to shower each student with an array of critiques. This was but a gateway

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