Essay Neat People vs Sloppy People
(外文学院02级2班 王思 020214214)
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…
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