Me Talk Pretty One Day Analysis

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After a more in depth reading of Me Talk Pretty One Day, I found that the goal of the author was still similar to my initial reading but I was still able to find some slight differences. The author's goal still appears to be his desire to share his experiences while living in Paris and learning the language but he is sharing this particular story from his life to show that everyone is human and it doesn't matter how old you are or what country you originate from, everyone still has something to learn. He's not only saying that there is more to learn and experience but everyone is capable of learning new things regardless of their current state of being. Sedaris is ultimately trying to encourage his audience to keep trying and keep moving …show more content…
The audience is on their own journey but reading Me Talk Pretty One Day is meant to help them find the strength and reassurance to make it through whatever challenge they are experiencing themselves. While the article itself is fairly easy to read, some of the meaning behind his writing is harder to interpret and requires a deeper look. There are so many possible problems a single person can be experiencing so what might help one person doesn't necessarily help another. The audience is looking for help understanding Sedaris's writing so that they can connect it with their own lives. My essay is meant to help them understand it. Sedaris specifically speaks about his time while learning a new language in a new country. I have been to other countries and I have taken classes for other language so I can easily analyze and help the audience understand that peace, it might be a challenge to relate it to another experience that the rest of the audience can also relate to. There isn't one single experience I can use to help support my argument that everyone will understand or appreciate so my challenge will be finding one that reaches the largest portion of the …show more content…
It really doesn't matter where someone comes from, how old they are and what gender they are; everyone is equal and has the same ability to learn new things when given the opportunity. Sedaris references the nationalities of the individuals multiple times throughout his story. When he is describing that first day of class he describes each student and where they came from and gives a brief description of each but it didn't matter where they came from they all struggled equally. While they might have all struggled, they also bonded as a class and were able to find comfort in knowing that they weren't alone in this. They spent time outside of class practicing their conversation skills. Sedaris mentions that there was no sense of competition proving that none of them had any malice toward the other classmates. Even the teacher who is verbally attacking the class throughout the whole story doesn't single out any one student, she equally treats the students with the same harsh words and actions. It takes the author, Sedaris, white awhile to feel like he has succeeded in some way but he finally has a moment at the end of the article where he understands every word the teacher spoke to him. This is evidence for his goal in that persistence pays off. He persisted and eventually succeeded in understanding the

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