Satirical Humor of Social Taboos in Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day”


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Satirical Humor of Social Taboos in Sedaris’ "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
David Sedaris uses social taboo for satirical humor in his biography, Me Talk Pretty One Day. The use of social taboos in these collected essays reflects the problems of communication that arise via his satirical commentary on people, places and things. Sedaris satirizes homophobic social norms that demonize his ability to communicate as a boy with lisp. Also, he satirizes the vanity of the art world as a social taboo with biting wit and hilarious commentary. In essence, this collection of biographical essays portrays a humorous accounting of the inability of human beings to communicate throughout the different stages of Sedaris’s life.
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.....dialogue define how satire plays a strong role in the way he communicates his experiences to readers. By understanding the latent homophobia he had endure because of physical impediment to his speaking ability, his sarcasm defies the macho gender norms being forced on him by his parents and by society. This is also true of the way that art culture is deemed a social taboo, but it is also satirized because of the vanity of art frauds that pass themselves off as artists. In this way, satire of social taboos is a major part of the writing style that Sedaris uses in his biography.
Works Cited:
Nungesser, Lon. Homosexual Acts, Actors, and Identities. New York: Praeger, 1983.
Sedaris, David. Me Talk Pretty One Day. New York: Back Bay Books, 2000.