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Neat People vs. Sloppy People

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sam houston

on 7 October 2014

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Transcript of Neat People vs. Sloppy People

Neat People vs. Sloppy People
Suzanne Britt compares neat people to sloppy people in her essay. She believes sloppy people are better human beings because although their way of living may be messier than others they will eventually accomplish everything they set their minds to.
She continues by saying neat people have no hearts because they simply dispose of everything and have no sentimental value towards any object.
Plot cont.
Suzanne Britt was born in Washington-Salem, North Carolina and studied at Salem College and Washington University, where she earned an MA in English. Britt has written for
Sky Magazine
New York Times
, the
Boston Globe
, and many other publications. Her poems have been published in the
Denver Quarterly
and similar literary magazines. Britt teaches English at Meredith College in North Carolina and has published a history of the college and two English textbooks. Her other books are collections of her essays.
Washington-Salem, NC
Questions on Language cont.
2. The word "noble" that is used in this essay depicts the "sloppy" people as people who want to do the right thing. Throughout the essay, positive diction such as "ambitious" and the phrase "loving attention to every detail" is used. The word "noble" is figurative in context.
Questions on Writing Strategy
1. The tone of this essay is argumentative. The author believes sloppy people are better than neat people and she goes into great depth to prove her point.

2. This is not a very well written compare-contrast essay because Britt failed to compare the two different types of people, she strictly wrote about one side and why she believes they are better. an author might do this to persuade the reader into coming to her side and to get her point across.

3. When Britt says the only messy thing in a neat persons home is the trash can, you can tell she is generalizing because she is using stereotypes. I'm sure she has not done a study and gone through different homes to determine if they are neat or sloppy.
Questions on Meaning
1. I somewhat agree with Suzanne Britt, I think that Britt is referring to the people who wear those grey and black suites everyday who doesn't do anything but go to work and back home. It's like they have a daily routine they never change it up. Those people who don't have a care in the world for other things. Neat people are wasteful because they do not take the time out to look over things more than once to analyze and get a brighter meaning or idea from it.
2. The authors purpose is to degrade neat people and make fun of them so they wont look as if they are better than sloppy people. So I'm guessing that the author is all for sloppy people or she is a sloppy person herself. The authors purpose is also to distinguish between sloppy people and neat and show how sloppy people are attached to things that cross their path.
3. Yes the author suggests that any and all distinctions between people are moral and "as always" means like the nothing changes its the norm.
Questions on Language
1. Define: -rectitude: morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness
-metier: and occupation or activity that one is good at
-tentative: not certain; done without confidence
-accumulate: gather together
-excavation: a digging up or uncovering
-meticulously: showing great attention to detail; being very careful and precise
-scrupulously: diligent, thorough (
syn. of meticulous
-salvaging: retrieve or preserve something from potential loss or adverse circumstances
By: Ellise Jordan, Stephanie Zavala, and Roshane Nelson
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3. Her generalizations are not true for everyone, but the more she uses the more we as readers begin to believe they are true.
4. Britt uses repetition to clarify her comparison and to drill it into our brains and make us believe what she is saying. The more we hear things the more we believe they are true.
5. Britt uses a lot of examples like saying neat people won't save a left over, reuse plastic whipped cream containers, or rinse off tin foil and save it for another use. Although she is using it to prove a point, it doesn't work in her favor because that is mostly proper hygiene. Tin foil isn't made for reusing and left overs are only good for next day meals.

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