Sedaris analyses his life as an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferer. He uses a language that impacts the reader with strong arguments characterized by appeals and purpose and he uses irony, hyperbole and stereotypes to reel the audience in which he makes his life time which is full of ticks very interesting. The tics last through high school to college up to when he picks up cigarettes.
The chapter makes one think of the stress this has on the individual and how the parents dealt with the situation assuming that the author was just a kid and not caring much of the disorder. The mother made fun of the ticks while the father threatened him to stop since they did not understand.
The Myth of Latin Woman by Judith Cofer
In the story, Judith Cofer talks about her American life as an immigrant from Puerto Rica. She analyzes how the American culture is different from theirs and how people stereotyped her. She wanted to fit in, but her culture prevented her. She becomes successful despite the hardship she has while growing up as the Americans had stereotyped the Latin women as inferior to them.
Comparing the issues
Both stories try and talk about how stereotypes in the society affect ones to grow. In the fists story, Sedaris is stereotyped in school due to his disorder, and he finds it difficult to fit with others especially in college. The story is about how Sedaris is able to deal with the disability from grade school to college. He walks from home to school and each year the teacher used to call his mother to discuss the tics which were strange. Life becomes complicated when the author joins college and his leaving with a roommate. It becomes hard concealing and explaining the tics. When ones read the chapter, they understand that the child suffered from a disorder but in those times no one was aware of it.
In the second story, Judith tries to fit in the American culture but the Americans have stereotyped Latin women as inferior and she works hard despite the challenges to succeed. The modes of dressing differ in the two cultures and Judith feels out of place as she is laughed at by the American students. Both stories depict the authors as out of place in the societies they live in.