Barry use various types of humor, such as hyperbole and sarcasm, in their essays, one is commenting and criticizing on ironic situations people can relate to and the other shows how to turn uncomfortable situations around. In the essay “Me Talk Pretty One Day’ Seeders uses hyperbole to add humor in his essay, “Her rabbit mouth huffed for breath, as though the appropriate comeback were stitched somewhere alongside the zipper of her slacks, “(peg 12). He also uses hyperbole to describe how the mouth of a girl named Anna had teeth “the size of tombstones,” (peg 3).
It’s obvious the character does not have the mouth of an actual rabbit or the mouth size of tombstones or else the character would not be able to speak. Seeders uses hyperbole to add humor to his essay; furthermore, it creates a better description of the scene for the reader. Seeders also is a fan of the use of sarcasm in his essays. He pokes fun at a French teacher by mixing a bunch of letters that do not make any sense, “If you have not mesmerism or lectured… ” (peg 1 1), obviously when reading, you cannot pronounce any of these words; furthermore, emphasizing the point that the teacher makes no sense to the individual.
In comparison, Barry uses hyperbole and sarcasm as well, to appeal to his readers. In the essay “Road Warrior” he refers road rage as “to the pent- up and explosively released anger and hostility that drivers feel and express in an era of increasing automobile traffic congestion and ever increasing delays… ” (peg 91). Obviously, road rage is not explosively released because if it was, then the entire world would be in danger; his use of hyperbole was effective here. Barry uses sarcasm as well in his essay “Lost in the Kitchen,” he says men “are still scum when it comes to helping out in the kitchen” (peg 1).
He is being Jocular and stereotypical about men by commenting on how men are useless in the kitchen. These are examples of how Barry uses sarcasm and hyperbole to add humor to his essay. While both authors use hyperbole and sarcasm in their paper, they both have different purposes. Seeders has a purpose which is not so clear. He does not write with the intention of making a point or convincing the reader of a newfound discovery, instead he writes about a spontaneous event that took place. In the story “Big BOY’ he talks about a turn that was “long and coiled, as thick as a burrito” (peg 1) ND how he must get rid of it.
Seeders also talks about how to deal with uneasy situations such as the events that took place in his essay “Me Talk Pretty One Day. ” What do you do when a French teacher yells at you? Seeders does not answer this question, but throughout the story he figures out ways to teach others to get around it or to cope with a freaky French teacher. While this story has no legitimate purpose its ‘purpose’ is to help others who may be in a similar situation. In contrast Barry has a clear and definite purpose. In his essays Barry has a point in the very beginning of he essay to the end.
This point is elaborated throughout the story consistently. In the essay “Road Warrior” he makes a conscious attempt to restate his opinion of “social analysts attribute drivers” (91). His point is quite clear in the essay by the use left- hand, or ‘passing’ lane, even though they are not going slower than everyone else” (peg 9). Barry also makes a clear purpose in his essay “Lost in the Kitchen. ” Right off the bat he says “Men are still basically scum when it comes to helping out in the kitchen” (peg 1). He continuously makes an attempt to show that men are useless in he kitchen through his humor and as well as self- deprecation.
He says women are “working away after having been at her Job all day,” (peg 2) while men are completely unreliable and unaware of what the procedures are in the kitchen. As we have seen in the essays Big Boy, Road Warrior, Lost in the Kitchen, and Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Seeders and Dave Barry undeniably have two different styles of writing, but both use hyperbole and sarcasm to achieve two distinct purposes. One comments and criticizes on ironic situations, while the other uses direct opinionated beliefs to express their views on relatable issues.