Sedaris is clearly not a very adventurous or open-minded man (based on his story). On page 3 he quotes his friend, “This country may have it’s ups and downs, but a bad meal is virtually impossible.” He reacts quite negatively and judgmental to this comment. He also tends to emphasize the content of the food, and how crazy it may sound, rather than the actual taste. There are many things that could sound disgusting, but are in fact delicious to eat. E.g, frog legs.
It’s all in the delivery. Two very distinguished writers David Sedaris and Jonathan Swift are well known for their impeccable delivery. This delivery can be seen in Sedaris’s works Turkeys in the Kitchen and Plague of Tics, as well as Swifts A Modest Proposal. When engaging in their writing there is a golden thread that weaves there works together, but at the same time there are elements that set them apart. For example both Sedaris and Swift use satire, however their satire defers in Swift use the satire towards others while Sedaris uses it to poke fun at himself.
For me, appetizing fast foods, delicious-looking colorful Italian foods and greasy meat-based Chinese cuisines are totally better than any kinds of spicy foods to my taste. I have ridiculously been questioned why I dislike eating spicy foods in spite of Korean from many friends since I lived in the United States. Growing up, dinner-time meals were disliked with my family. It could be more appropriate to express that the time was a real drudgery for me as I should eat the spicy, salty and mixed smells of rotten vegetables kimchi every single dinner-time. “Mom, why on earth should I eat that?
The fact that he quickly came up with a fib to tell in front of his guests obviously shows how used to covering up his eating problem he is. Not only is his eating considered highly improper compared to the society he is surrounded by, but Algernon's compulsive eating also reveals men’s weakness in the whole play. A key detail about Algernon's frequent and exaggerated food consumption is that it is always someone else's food, always women’s . In general, it is men, especially men in the high society, should provide food for women and guests. While ,in Algernon's case, he is always receiving food from the women around him, rather than providing for his guests .This fact also observably proves that the men’s weakness in the high society.
The main theme of the story, in my opinion, is “three friends’ supper”, and the idea of the story is “extraordinary solving of the friends’ problem”. Actually, this phrase from the text may also show the idea: “I don’t think I ever enjoyed a meal more. There was something so fresh and piquant about it. ..Here was a dish with a taste like nothing else on earth.” It means their great success in cooking supper. The
Principles of sociology 2000 | You Are What You Eat? | Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism | | Jessica Miller | 11/10/2012 | Applying the concept of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism to my perception about eating toasted ants, fried frog legs, dogs, cats, and raw monkey brains. | When it comes to the preference of food we are all ethnocentric, but at the same time we can practice cultural relativism and try to appreciate a cultures way of life. In my opinion, when it comes to eating frog legs, just the thought sounds disgusting but the majority of U.S. society finds it to be normal. I do not believe in eating dogs or cats; eating ants sounds yuck, and I cannot begin to even try to think about eating raw monkey brains.
Social habits can be a make or break point in a group of people. Bad habits can be considered as disgusting, gross, and unacceptable, whereas good social habits can be considered acceptable and polite. This all depends on the type of group that is at hand. Restaurants are a perfect place to observe good and bad social eating habits, as well as other social habits that go along with eating. People eat according to learned behaviors regarding etiquette, meal and snack patterns, acceptable foods, food combinations, and portion sizes.
Satire is based on truth, but depends on irony, wit, and sarcasm to expose weakness and other flaws. The tone is usually light, and the overall message is designed to be entertaining. Unlike other forms of comedy, however, satire carries a serious message thinly veiled beneath its surface. Those who were at the top of society (position defined by themselves) started giving value to the components of civilization, such as work, education, politics… human beings. Then, the condition of a person depended on
The paragraph continues: There is an idea that it is humiliating to run after one's hat; and when people say it is humiliating they mean that it is comic. It certainly is comic; but man is a very comic creature, and most of the things he does are comic—eating, for instance. And the most comic things of all are exactly the things that are most worth doing—such as making love. We are taken aback: the last sentence is true and apposite, but quite startling in so pious and conservative a writer as Chesterton. We begin to revise our opinion of him.