Title: A Plague Of Tics Essay By David Sedaris, Author: ralzeifeclo, Name: A Plague Of Tics Essay By David Sedaris, Length: 4 pages, Page: 1. A Plague of Tics is a biographical essay written by David Sedaris. The humorous and painfully awkward dialogue tells the story of Sedaris’s progression into. An excerpt from “A Plague of Tics” by David Sedaris. This story and others can be found in his bestselling audiobook NAKED. Welcome to the.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Gurjot Singh on 18 Mar at 9: Is it a defense mechanism? And, because his family never got any medical or psychological help for their son, he was constantly faced with issues at school; his teachers always had to deal with his problems and his acting out as well as the teasing he received from his peers.

Whether it was the drugs, drinking, or smoking, he was just like one of us. All the time he used an sarcasm, one sided stories to make his essay so strong and argumentative. Posted by Chiara at 8: Each year, a teacher called on his mother to discuss the strange tics. It is a very interesting and personal story that looks into the life of someone with OCD. Irony is used very similarly to the first ironic quote, all he wants is to be plagud, but he is not letting himself. From the safe distance of adulthood, the author can sedarjs with humor eavid what was a preoccupying and often mortifying tyranny.

Something else that Sedaris did extremely well was giving the other characters in the essay a distinct voice.

Mei Tzu Chao Melissa on 19 Mar at He seamlessly connected his lifelong issues, in the end, with smoking cigarettes. One can speculate also, about the family dynamic that is a subtext of the memoir.

Finally, “my nervous habits faded about the same time I took up with cigarettes. Yics only was “rocking” “Highly pleasurable” but sedaris stated that it was the only exercise that gave him “ten minutes of happiness” It was most likely plaguf most beneficial “tic.


From what seems like painful memories, he wrote them with humor to make it easier for the reader to understand his struggle without being bored.

Chiara’s Thoughts: “A Plague of Tics”

He embraced the flaws others would eventually see or notice which proved to be srdaris. He does not give many details about the other issues he develops over the years, which I feel was good because it was unnecessary. I think it was good to explain the issue in more detail during his time in the third grade, as it gives the reader a sense of the types of issues he is facing later on in his life.

Over here we see the humor and the conflict that he thought it was normal. I turn my back for two minutes and there you are with your tongue pressed against that light switch. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Sedaris had little to no control over his inevitable tics, where he would lick his teacher’s light switch, tocs jab his show to his head in his crowded classroom. Stereotypes are littered throughout “A Plague of Tics” The first use of a serotype is located in paragraph 11 saying, “I’d like to have a word with our mother.

Having Tourette syndrome, assuming that was the accurate diagnosis eventually made by professionals, was a struggle that others did not fully understand. If so, how can it be a defense mechanism when it is clearly self-afflicted abuse? The transformation he has at the end is also left to the reader to speculate, which is also a good element of writing.

He was struggling with himself but instead of us feeling sorry for him we read along to find more humor in the writing, all while still saving the fact that there is seriously something wrong with him in the back of our heads. His inner thoughts seem to be another person—one who dictates his life and controls him, but also is wholly himself. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I really enjoyed this writing because I was able to see that there are many ways you can lure in a reader.


Even the roommate who Sedaris claims to hate is made out to be a decent guy who valued David as a friend when he went through his break-up. This is a use of hyperbole because it is exaggerated and undermined. The language Sedaris uses through out his essay impacts his reader with a strong argument, with purpose and appeals. Paul DeFilippo on 19 Mar at Life became more complicated when Sedaris entered college and had to contend with a roommate.

The beginning of the piece shows his third grade teachers scolding him through a series of dialogue, on her part and him thinking about so many things.

Plague Of Tics

There are amusing descriptions of the elaborate stratagems that he devised to conceal or explain the tics. Over here we would have only felt sympathy instead we felt humor as well, that was the beauty of his writing. He does a great job in showing his everyday struggle by using a lot of dialogue in his writing. She studied the ashtray that sat before her on the table, narrowing her eyes much like a cat catching sight of a squirrel.

A Plague of Tics demonstrates an effective approach with his use of humor to capture such an extreme medical condition. For some reason I read these lines as a sarcastic comment and it works. The reader is exposed to to the harsh realities this boy lives with.

Paragraph 12 says that his extreme case of OCD is so crippling, but if Sedaris does not go through with his disorder, he basically would not be able to survive, “If I were to lose count of my steps, I’d have to return to the school and begin again.

One starts to think that he has a lot of self-loathing within him; though it is not shown to the fullest extent, it is definitely implied.