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Topics: Literary Genre, David Sedaris, Domestic pig Pages: 8 (2380 words) Published: June 11, 2014
Sean O’Sullivans Critical Reflection Attempt

Critical reflective writing explores various personal experiences by analyzing the social, political and cultural context that they're written in. They enable writers to understand their values and biases. Through a comparative study of texts I can critically analyze the mode, genre, register, structure, audience and context. The texts “Transmutations Scientist (A revolutionary bio-engineering socio-scientific role)” and “The Parrot and the Pot Bellied Pig” are two texts I have chosen to reflect on. Due to the difference in genre both of these familiar texts are excellent examples of new age pieces of writing in the English genre. In addition I have also incorporated my text “Rapunzel Shaves for Leukaemia” to express similar textual similarities and to further show my development in professional writing.

Through the idea of the satirical and narrative genre incarnate, composers can introduce responders to a hyperbolized understanding of a number of themes through a comedic nature. “The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig” is a satirical, fictitious short story that is one of many from the novel “Squirrel seeks chipmunk” by author David Sedaris. Sedaris being a successful comedian and radio contributor had an intention to write to a well-educated audience who appreciates humorous anecdotes and the absurd idea of animals in strange adult situations. Through Sedaris’ use of Animal characterization he opens up a range of ideas and themes that cannot simple be done if actual humans were to be used. Through this technique characters are decontextualized and stereotypes associated with these characters are highlighted. Sedaris’ (2010) “What really drives me is the money. That, and the free booze.” (p.119) quote suggests the Parrot is a stereotypical alcoholic journalist, but through the metaphorical use of the ‘Parrot symbol’ rather than an actual human, the idea is suppressed and viewed as a humorous form of literature rather than a personal attack on ones profession. Author Sedaris also attempts to incorporate a range of issues into his fable. Media sensationalism and racism are two main themes expressed in the text, through the clever characterization and situation of the story; these issues are brought into the light through a different angle of genre. The author displays the characters such as the Parrot and the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig to mimic the personalities of authentic real world individuals. “I see the,” the parrot said, and she scratched the word “self hating in her note pad”. (Sedaris, 2010, p.121.) Is an example of media sensationalism expressed through the Parrot as she interprets the Pigs retort to her question falsely and with a great deal of bias. In addition the theme of racism is clearly presented through the Pig, “He had been plump all through his youth, and the years of name-calling had not just shaped his adult life but deformed it” (Sedaris, 2010, p.123.) although this at first glance may seem like an issue of body image, I believe it includes racial connotations, suggesting the racism of the Americans towards the Vietnamese since the days of the Vietnam War. In saying this Sedaris was able to get away this idea due to the animal characterization of the protagonists. In conclusion the writers use of hyperbole accentuates the overall theme of the text “Pot Bellied Pig” being the obvious example extends an idea to the audience, thus making the text a form of entertainment through its satirical nature. Through the use of specific language features and humorous connotations the text “Transmutations Scientist” mirrors “The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig” although each text is a different genre. This text is perceived as an advertisement although it is of a fictitious nature. Through this genre hybrid from job advertisement an individual can really see a complex thought process the author has used to create such a text. The ‘Transmutations Scientist’ uses more...
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