Book Analysis of Nutcracker.com by David Sedaris
An example of definition in the essay is “Due to my general aversion to machines and a few pronounced episodes of screaming, I was labeled a technophobe, a term that ranks fairly low on my scale of fighting’ words” (Sedaris, 2000, pg.177), he is basically defining the term technophobe. According to Sedaris “it was my father dream that one day the people of the world would be connected to one another through a network of blocky” (2000, pg.176). “I hate the way they’ve invaded the movies. I’m not talking about their contribution to the world of special effects” the uses of cause and effect here give a sense of emotion to the readers. According to Sedaris “I wind up eliciting the sort of reaction one might expect when traveling with a cannon. “It’s a typewriter,” I say. “You use it to write angry letters to airport authorities.” (2000, pg.177). He describes and experience while he was at the airport. And finally an example of argument. The bellhop appear with a complaint from others at the noise he is making in his room with the typewriter. (Sedaris, 2000, pg.178).
By using comparison and contrast, cause and effect, description, narration, argument, and definition, Sedaris is expressing his hatred towards using computer and living in new digital technology generation. The effect all of this strategies has on the essay was a simply one. It made the essay easier to read and understand.
Word Count: 441
Sedaris, D. (2000). Nutcracker.com. Write Now. Used by permission of Little, Brown and Co., Inc. Pg. 176-178