Me Talk Pretty One Day written by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day written by David Sedaris, tells a most unconventional life story. The story begins with Sedaris returning to school at age forty-one and his experience with learning French with a strict teacher. In the chapters “Genetic Engineering,” “A Shiner Like a Diamond,” and “Jesus Shaves,” David Sedaris says a lot about power of expression. Overbearing people in our lives lead a person to go in the opposite direction the overbearing person is trying to lead them.
Sedaris says that his father often pressured those around him with his ideas, concepts, knowledge, and opinions. We can see that Sedaris thinks that his father is influenced when he is writing in “Genetic Engineering” about his father tended to dominate conversations with dull and intricate ideas that seemed meaningless and destroyed family joy: “As youngsters, we participated in all the usual seaside activities — which were fun, until my father got involved and systematically chipped away our pleasure”(34). This quote supports that his father pressured those around him because it explains the way he ruined the joy that the youngsters were having. We can also see that other things were also destroyed when he is writing in “Genetic Engineering” about miniature golf and sandcastles: “Miniature golf was ruined with a lengthy dissertation on impact, trajectory…stifling lectures on the dynamics of the vaulted ceiling”(34).
Sedaris says that his father’s focus and favoritism of his daughter Amy and her outward appearance produced a strong and opposite reaction. We can see that Sedaris thinks that his sister is really pretty and it is a danger when he is writing in “A Shiner Like a Diamond” about his father placing importance on his daughter’s physical beauty: “My father has always placed a great deal of importance on his daughters’ physical beauty” (133). His father believes that a woman’s physical beauty is her greatest asset. Amy became a strong woman in response to her father’s “vigilance and pressure” (133). She gets even by focusing on her weight and physical appearances. She pretends to gain weight and also wears make-up as if in a photo shoot. We can see that his father had always placed importance on their daughter’s beauty when he is writing in “A Shiner Like a Diamond.” However, his sons were “free to grow as plump and ugly” as they like (133). His father always believed that the only way a woman would get happiness was to get married. His father constantly reminds his daughters to be careful about their weight. “Jesus, Flossie, what are we running here, a dairy farm? Look at you, you’re the size of a house. Two more pounds, and you won’t be able to cross state lines without a trucking license” (133). The father frequently commented on their daughter’s weight when he visited them.
Sedaris says that different traditions concerning Easter created tension and an overbearing pressure on his family.