The Concept Of Misfits In Me Talk Pretty One Day By David Sedaris
729 WordsSep 6, 20173 Pages
In Part One of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris explores the idea of fitting in. Sedaris highlights times where he was the outsider as well as when other people in his life have been deemed misfits. Sedaris explores varied characters and environments to show how people’s preconditioned beliefs lead to outcasting others. Sedaris also proves that the nature of fitting in is more complex than similarities and differences, it is determined by preconditioned beliefs and stereotypes.
In Go Carolina, Sedaris was attending speech therapy, and observed that the speech therapy kids were never the “popular kids.” The kids in speech therapy were boys with, what Sedaris implied was, stereotypical gay lisps. They were “boys like [Sedaris] who kept…show more content…
This crude behavior off-puts his friends, but to his family, it’s not at all unsettling. In the Sedaris house, Paul is accepted for his good heart, despite his language. To a stranger, Paul may seem uneducated and impolite, but his family, who truly know him, understand that he is more than his appearance or word choice. The Sedarises are the ones who are constantly with him and understand him well enough to put aside his abrasive language.
Sedaris further explores the complexity of those who are misfits of society with his essay, Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities. Mister Mancini, Sedaris’ guitar teacher, was a midget. Sedaris describes his teacher in a way that makes him seem crass and unlikeable, but when he sees Mancini at the mall one day, his perception of his guitar teacher alters. Seeing Mancini be gawked at in the mall, Sedaris feels a kinship with his teacher. Later, his connection to his “artistic brother” is ruined when Mancini is insensitive towards Sedaris’ homosexuality, which was assumed from Sedaris’ performance of commercial jingles. Mancini’s insensitivity is shocking, seeing as Mancini himself is often outcasted. His insensitivity likely stems from prejudices he is preconditioned with. Mancini recalled “screwballs like [Sedaris] back in Atlanta” and told his student, “[f]or God’s sake, kid, pull yourself together.” Mancini has