Compare and Contrast
Both essays compare cleanliness in one way or another however they both have differences regarding their use of humor, examples, and points made in their thesis. Batting Clean-Up and Striking out and Neat People vs. Sloppy People both offer different styles of Humor. In Batting Clean-up and Striking out, Dave Barry uses humor that is not offensive to either side. He makes fun of men and women equally, making him appear not biased to each opinion he is trying to prove. For example, he makes fun of how women are very bad with sports, yet he emphasizes how they are great at cleaning.
On the other hand he explains how men are bad at cleaning, but very in-tuned to sports. He also uses personal stories that help people reflect and relate to their own lives to prove his points, making his points even more humorous and reassuringly valid. On the other hand, In Neat people Vs. Sloppy People Suzanne Britt uses humor that could be potentially offensive to neat people. For example, Britt refers to neat people as cold hearted, insensitive, and lazy individuals (256-257). However, she says sloppy people are caring and sentimental individuals.
Characteristically, she invests in more negative examples when referring to neat people throughout her essay, yet emphasizes more of the positive qualities of being a slob. Her generalizations and sarcastic tone could be funny to some yet offensive to others because many neat people are not “Bums and clods at heart”(256). They are simply more organized than their sloppier counterparts. In addition to Barry and Britt both differing in their styles of humor, they also support their compare and contrast essays with different types of examples. The way Barry and Britt support their points in their compare and contrast essays differ.
In Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out, Barry uses lots of personal stories and factual happenings to explain his opinions. For example, to explain how men are worse at cleaning Barry specifically refers to a volcano eruption that happened in Pompei because the men, who were in control of the cleaning, did not notice ashes piling up around and in their houses. In addition, when describing how men are better with sports than woman he refers to a personal story; specifically a story about a dinner party that he attended where the men were glued to the World Series and the women were still chatting amongst themselves.
These forms of examples are personal stories that offer validity. On the other hand, in Britt’s Neat people vs. Sloppy people she uses more dreamt up incidences to explain her opinions. For example when explaining how neat people are “viscous with their mail” she explains, ” All ads, catalogs, pleas for charitable contributions, church bulletins, and money-saving coupons go straight into the trash can without being opened… No sentimental salvaging of birthday cards or the last letter a dying relative ever wrote. Into the trash it goes” (256).
As seen in this example, Britt uses lots of lists and possible incidents that could exist to support her points, but do these incidences actually happen, or is her writing just a result of her imagination. Although these forms of examples are intriguing and entertaining they do not appear as valid as Barry’s. Therefore, Britt gives far more lists and intriguing breadth in her support, yet Barry uses his valid personal and factual examples to support his arguments. Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out by Dave Barry and Neat People vs.
Sloppy People by Suzanne Britt both compare and contrast cleanliness to two different topics and make two different conclusions through their comparisons. Barry compared the differences between the way a man and a woman clean. He explains that a woman can identify and will scrub every speck of dirt possible when cleaning. On the other hand, a man will use just Windex and paper towels to mop the kitchen floor. To further validate his point, Barry tells a story about the ancient city of Pompei, where the residents were all killed when a volcano erupted and covered them with lava.
Modern people often ask why the residents did not leave when the ashes started falling. Well, apparently in Pompei it was the custom for men to do the housework, and they never noticed the ashes piling up indoors and outdoors. Now, is this the real reason why the residents never left? Dave Barry merely exaggerated, to make people chuckle and to prove his point. Is his conclusion that women clean better than men remarkably unheard of? No, but he can make people laugh. On the other hand in Suzanne Britt’s Neat People vs.
Sloppy People she describes the differences between sloppy people and neat people, and comes up with a unique hypothesis. Britt discovers that sloppy people are just nicer and more caring than neat people, because they like to keep everything. On the other hand neat people are mean and not sentimental because they like to throw everything away. Britt describes neat people as, “Neat people are bums and clods at heart. They have cavalier attitudes towards possessions, including family heirlooms. Everything is just another dust catcher to them.
If anything collects dust, it’s got to go and that’s that. Neat people will toy with the idea of throwing the children out of the house just to cut down on the clutter. ” (256) When one reads this they might think how true! They do have cavalier attitudes! Yes, their rooms may have tightly, organized and ultimately empty shelves but neat people are as boring as watching a banana take a nap. Then, Britt describes sloppy people as, “Their sloppiness is merely the unfortunate consequence of their extreme moral rectitude…Sloppy people can’t bear to part with anything.
They give loving attention to every detail. ” (255-256) How agreeable is Britt? How many people have grandparents out there that are the sweetest most loving people in the world, but love to collect anything and everything (Depression babies)? Britt’s points are relatable and create more of a spark in people’s minds. Britt’s point is much more interesting than Barry’s and much more unheard of! Several people would not have come to her conclusions, so when reading this essay it brings a new thought into one’s mind.
When Barry merely explained that men are bad at cleaning but good at sports and women vice-versa, one might not be able to help themselves from shutting the book because the point made is so ridiculously overused; at his point it is practically common sense. At least, Britt brought something new to the table. In conclusion, Barry and Britt both used the same topic to include in a comparison and contrast essay however, they used different styles of humor, different ways of supporting there points, and ultimately different points and conclusions proved about the topic of cleaning.
First and foremost, the way each conducted their humor made two different impressions on the reader. Barry’s sense of humor was ultimately more comical than Suzanne Britt’s. He did not offend either men or women when poking fun at them. Yet, in his essay there was an equal amount of making fun of men and women, so it made the reader laugh at themselves because the teasing was fair for both sides. On the other hand, in Suzanne Britt’s essay she favored the sloppy people’s side making her seem biased.
In addition both authors supported their essay with different types of examples. Barry used more factual and personal stories, whereas Britt used lists of imaginary visual images. Lastly, Britt and Barry make different points regarding the topic of cleaning. Barry makes the point that men are good at sports and bad at cleaning, and women are better at cleaning yet worse at sports. His conclusion is not exactly groundbreaking news.
However, Suzanne Britt presents her discovery that sloppy people are just nicer and more caring than neat people, because they like to keep everything. Therefore, neat people are mean and not sentimental because they like to throw everything away. When it comes to points made, Britt has a more interesting and witty conclusion compared to Barry. Overall Britt and Barry do wonderful jobs in comparing and contrasting cleaning. Both of their essays will offer some enrichment whether it is a laugh, a thought or a moment of enlightenment.