April 5, 2013
Cleaning with Barry and Britt
The act of being habitually and carefully neat and clean can make for an interesting topic in a comparison and contrast essay. Dave Barry compares the differences of how women and men clean in his compare and contrast essay, Batting Clean- Up and Striking out. In Suzanne Britt's compare and contrast essay, Neat People vs. Sloppy People she compares the differences of personalities between Sloppy people and neat people. Both essays compare cleanliness in one way or another however they both have differences regarding their use of humor, examples, and points made in their thesis. Batting Clean-Up and Striking out and Neat People vs. Sloppy People both offer different styles of Humor. In Batting Clean-up and Striking out, Dave Barry uses humor that is not offensive to either side. He makes fun of men and women equally, making him appear not biased to each opinion he is trying to prove. For example, he makes fun of how women are very bad with sports, yet he emphasizes how they are great at cleaning. On the other hand he explains how men are bad at cleaning, but very in-tuned to sports. He also uses personal stories that help people reflect and relate to their own lives to prove his points, making his points even more humorous and reassuringly valid. On the other hand, In Neat people Vs. Sloppy People Suzanne Britt uses humor that could be potentially offensive to neat people. For example, Britt refers to neat people as cold hearted, insensitive, and lazy individuals (256-257). However, she says sloppy people are caring and sentimental individuals. Characteristically, she invests in more negative examples when referring to neat people throughout her essay, yet emphasizes more of the positive qualities of being a slob. Her generalizations and sarcastic tone could be funny to some yet offensive to others because many neat people are not "Bums and clods at heart"(256). They are simply...