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In A Shiner Like a Diamond David Sedaris satirically portrays the dysfunctional relationship between his father and his sister Amy Throughout Amys life her father relentlessly monitors her physical appearance with the intensity of a pimp 26 he believes that a womans physical beauty is her greatest asset Amy is naturally a strong independent woman and in response to her fathers vigilance and pressure 26 she decides not to be angry with her father but simply to get even Her methods of getting even focus on her weight and physical appearance Amy is naturally beautiful and she pretends to have gained weight and wears make-up to appear as a battered woman in a magazine photo shoot Amy also subjects her father to practical jokes attempting to make him look like a fool Sedaris uses irony and sarcasm throughout this dark essay Amy emerges as a complex and obscure character who endlessly manipulates her well-meaning father thus the reader sympathizes greatly with him and not with her Amys father had always placed a great deal of importance on the physical beauty of his daughters however his sons were free to grow as ugly and plump as they liked 26 Being a traditional man the father believed that a womans only chance at happiness was to marry The father believed that to marry you must be physically beautiful He constantly reminds his daughters to be conscious of their weight Jesus Flossie what are we running here a dairy farm Look at you youre the size of a house Two more pounds and you wont be able to cross state lines without a trucking license 26 The fathers comments about his daughters weight were frequent whenever they stopped by for a visit he would greet them with Is it just my imagination or have you put on a few pounds 30 The tone used here by Sedaris is very sarcastic allowing the reader to find
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