English Composition 101 Honors
Dr. C. Garner
Essay Assignment 1 - Illustrative
How long do you think it takes a person to develop a sense of sarcasm? Not long
in my case.
I actually think I was born with it, except I wouldn’t call it sarcasm per se. I
child; I was merely gifted in the art of stating straight facts with an added
humor. My version of sarcasm is not meant to demean or insult people, just to poke
innocent fun at them, and it’s mainly towards friends because they get me and my jokes.
Unfortunately, some people don’t see it that way and I somehow got labeled as sarcastic.
Dealing with this is sometimes trying on my nerves but, oddly enough, I’ve found that
being labeled as sarcastic when I’m not has been an educating and amusing experience.
For starters, let me define exactly what it is I do.
I tell the truth in ways that may
make some people uncomfortable.
For example, if someone is saying something that is,
in my opinion, ridiculous (I hate that word), I may respond in a way that can be construed
as rude, or sarcastic.
It’s just my way of saying, “Please stop speaking in a manner that
makes me want to cause physical harm to myself or others,” but in fewer words (is that
It’s not my intention to humiliate or disrespect anyone, but I guess some
people don’t see it that way.
Anyway, in most cases I’m just around my friends and we
all laugh about it afterwards.
There have been cases when people I actually like make me tell it like it is.
instance, my good friend Joe likes to lecture others on being moral.
“Danielle, why have
you put your homework off until the last day? You really should think ahead.
Shána, you know how bad partying is for you, what would your mother think?” This can
go on and on. In most cases I choose ignore him, but sometimes I have to bring him back
to reality with a well placed remark like, “Oh, like you’re a saint! You never do your