Neat vs. Sloppy People Essay
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Are neat people inferior to sloppy people? This question’s answer will differ depending on the type of person you ask. According to Britt in her essay, “Neat people vs. sloppy people”, the answer is yes. She uses certain qualities, such as oral description to differentiate neat people and sloppy people, how neat people are lazier, and how neat people are wasteful. Her qualities help explain to the readers why she thinks that her answer is true. One quality Britt uses in her essay is oral description, to tell her readers how neat people and sloppy people are in her eyes. In one example, Britt tells her readers, “Neat people are lazier and meaner than sloppy people.” (Britt 233) Britt also uses verbal description to support…show more content…
One example of this quality is when Britt gives us an example of a messy desk. She states in her essay that, “A neat person would just bulldoze the desk.” (234) So instead of going through the piles of stuff to see if anything might be important, neat people find it easier to just throw everything away. Another example of this quality is when Britt states, “I knew a person once who threw away a perfectly good dish drainer because it had mold on it.” (234-235) So it was easier for that neat person to just throw the drainer away and buy a new one, than it was to wash the mold off. One last instance Britt uses this technique was when she says, “And neat people sell their furniture when they move.” (235) Instead of just packing it up and moving it, they find it more convenient to sell their old furniture and buy new ones. One more quality Britt uses in her essay to support her reasoning, is to tell her readers how wasteful a neat person is. She implies this mostly when she says, “Neat people operate on two unvarying principles: Never handle any item twice, and throw everything away.” (134) One example of this quality is, “The minute something comes to a neat person’s hand, he will look at it, try to decide if it has immediate use and, finding none, throw it in the trash.” (234) Another example is when Britt says, “Neat people throw away several toys every time they walk through then den (234). One more example is when she says, “If
Show MoreThe analysis of the passage Neat People vs. Sloppy People
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Abstract: Suzanne Britt’s work Neat People vs. Sloppy People is a passage of comparison. In this passage, Britt distinguishes neat people from sloppy people in the moral aspect. She used kinds of figures of speech such as paradox, hyperbole, metaphor and so on in the description and comparison, making her work so distinguished. Key words: neat people, sloppy people
Ⅰ.Brief account of the author Assistant Professor of English. A.B. Salem College; A.M. Washington University. Ms. Britt teaches literature and writing courses. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines such as Denver Quarterly, Lake Superior Review, Greensboro…show more content…
It is so surprising and interesting, and in fact, irony. The verb “throw” is used also for this effect. It gives us a strong sense of powerful action.
c. Numbers In the eighth paragraph, two numbers are used to describe neat people: “two-pound” and “7:05 A. M.” These two extract figures make the evidence more convincing, though it is in fact somehow exaggerated.
B. Syntactic features The third paragraph is composed of five sentences beginning with the noun “someday”. The use of parallelism makes this paragraph seem to be tidy and rhythmical. In these five parallel sentences, the word “someday” is emphasized. Since “someday” suggests a sense of uncertain, so are the examples listed by the author, which the sloppy people would do in the future, but quite unlikely to be done. This is a kind of sarcastic. Other examples, such as the sentence “it’s got to go and that’s that” also suggest parallelism. While talking about the sloppy people, the author uses a series of adjectives: heavenly, precise, great, perfect, noble and so on. These adjectives seem to be commendatory words, but used here, they create a kind of sarcastic.
C. Semantic features/figures of speech
a. Paradox Statement or sentiment that appears contradictory to common sense yet is true in fact. “Neat people are lazier and meaner than sloppy people.” “Sloppy people, you see, are not really sloppy.” Neat people are those who liking to keep order and do