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One may view David Sedaris without the knowledge of his background as abnormal or even weird However throughout the two stories A Plague of Tics and Ashes he breaks down the wall of otherness and allows an audience to take a look at his own personal life Sedaris incorporates all sorts of humor to somewhat ease the tension of revealing his life and the awkwardness the audience may feel while reading his stories The autobiographical point of view allows the audience to get a real sense of self-representation and truth although at times the stories Sedaris share seem peculiar to the outsidersUsing an artistic and humorous tactic David Sedaris is able to deconstruct his own otherness and allows readers to relate his story to his or her own life Although never mentioned in the A Plague of Tics its believed that Sedaris possess the disease Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD Assuming that the story would feature the downslide of his disease its evident that the story is anything but depressing Instead he shares the crazy antics that compliment the disease Reflecting back on his childhood Sedaris remarks about the duties that had to be done after reaching that exact six hundred and thirty seven step to his home after school Sedaris 8 After kissing the fourth eighth and twelfth carpeted stairI was commanded to stroke the burners of the stove press my nose against the refrigerator doorand blindly jab a butter knife in the direction of my favorite electrical socket Sedaris 10 After completing his daily after school routine Sedaris still feels the urge to satisfy his obsessive and odd impulses resulting in additional foolish antics throughout the day and night The slapstick humor which is incorapted into the piece reveals that Sedaris is in fact crazy While the humor is the writing the physical part of slapstick comedy is still found in the subject itself which in this case is Sedaris Its psychotic but
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