You Can T Kill The Rooster Analysis

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In the short story, You Can’t Kill the Rooster by David Sedaris the Sedaris family moves to Raleigh, North Carolina from New York. The Sedaris didn’t want their kids acting like the townspeople of Raleigh. The people of Raleigh spoke very differently from that of the Sedaris’s. They didn’t speak proper English according to the Sedaris’s. The kids were not able to treat the people of Raleigh as sir or ma’am. If they were ever caught smoking or drinking mountain dew, they would be disinherited. Then the Sedaris’s have another kid named Paul that was everything that they didn’t want their other kids to be. Paul was rude to his parents, spoke like the townspeople of Raleigh, and was able to smoke in the house. In the short story The Celebrated…show more content…
Dan O’Shannon states that “the laughter of subversion is the laughter of the inappropriate.” In Sedaris story, Paul did all sorts of inappropriate things to his family starting the way he spoke to his father. For example, when he was speaking to his father on the phone and said,” "Motherfucker, I ain't seen pussy in so long I'd throw stones at it." This is Subversion because it is rude and wrong the way he is talking to his father, but at the same time you can’t help but laugh at how inappropriate it is. In Twain’s Short story Twain writes how Jim Smiley bets on anything and doesn’t care what it is. For example, Parson Walker's wife laid very sick once, for a good while, and it seemed as if they warn's going to save her; but one morning he come in, and Smiley asked how she was, and he said she was considerable better thank the Lord for his inftnit mercy and coming on so smart that, with the blessing of Providence, she'd get well yet; and Smiley, before he thought, says, "Well, I'll risk two- and-a-half that she don't, any way." This is a subversion because Walker’s wife was gravely ill but doing better. Walker had the hopes that his wife was going to get better. He prayed and prayed, but Smiley being the gambler that he is, bets that she wasn’t going to make it. This is inappropriate because no one in their right mind would bet that a sick person is going to die. These examples are similar in the way that they speak to me is what makes it funny. The way that they speak is no proper in the circumstance, Paul was speaking to his father and Smiley was betting that Walker’s wife was going to
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