Me Talk Pretty One Day
Rhetorical Analysis by Regina D. Price
14, February 2014
In David Sedaris’s Essay “Me Talk Pretty One Day” he writes about his experiences in France with his classmates and teacher. David talks about how his teacher would intimidate and belittle every student not understanding why until he got a sudden breakthrough.
In “Me Talk Pretty One Day” Sedaris appealed to Pathos by describing in detail how he felt on his first day of class, when he first met his teacher and seeing his classmates being belittled as we;; as being a target of the belittling. Throughout the excerpt Sedaris paints a vivid picture of how he felt whenever his teacher would insult every students introduction and the nerve racking feeling of what to say in his introduction. Even though Sedaris jots down quick points to talk about in his introduction he was immediately criticized for his lack of knowledge of the correct gender assignment for a floor waxer and a typewriter. Sedaris like the rest of his classmates, were all slaughtered with harsh criticism that came from their harsh teacher.
Sedaris then goes on to talk about how he felt whenever he began to feel discouraged when his teacher continuously insulted him even though he spent hours on class work. It got to the point where he began to feel discouraged outside of the classroom. For example, not asking for directions, when asked a question he would pretend that he was deaf and also not answering the phone all because he was fearful of making a fool of himself outside the classroom.
Sedaris appealed to ethos by showing the unorthodox way of how he began to understand French after all the insults he got from his teacher. Throughout the excerpt...
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