1. Sedaris uses hyperbole to create humor by exaggerating, and creating a bigger deal of the situation than it actually is. For example, the author writes, “Selfish mothers wanted the house to themselves and their children were discovered years later, frozen like mastodons in blocks of ice.”
a. The author obviously is not serious
b. The statements are ridiculous
2. The mood of the text is ironic because throughout the personal essay, the author talks about the mother in a way that a parent would about their child. For instance, the children shout, ““You are going to be in so much trouble when Dad gets home!” This demonstrates the children treating the mother like a child. a. It is lighthearted
b. The mood is nostalgic
3. The tone is sarcastic throughout the memoir. The author is not being serious, as seen with the children’s exaggeration, which in reality it was actually very light hearted. a. It is all sarcasm; humorous
4. The story is both relatable and unique to David Sedaris because parents generally need their own personal time, and they usually have that time while the child is in school. The snow days were unplanned and it disrupted the normal schedule, which set off the mother. It shows that personal time is very important to human nature. a. Not everyone conspires against a sibling
b. However it is relatable
c. It is his unique story
d. Theme: Families always come together in the end; deep place of love 5. The memoir resonates emotionally because it demonstrates the connection between siblings and it represents a time that they work together. The memoir also incorporates a time where children were annoyed with their parents. It connects to the characters but they all go through this.
a. Sympathize with the children because they are forced to play when they want to go inside
6. He gave minimal details such as the color of Tiffany’s coat when she was persuaded to ...
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