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"Us and Them:" David Sedaris' Essay in Review

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In Sedaris' essay, "Us and Them" refers to the Sedaris family as "Us" and the Tomkeys as "Them" but also uses this as an obvious metaphor for how we often see ourselves as "Us" and those we do not understand nor want to understand as "Them." I am not sure after reading this essay, who we, as the readers, are supposed to sympathize with, but personally sympathize more with "Them"--the Tomkeys than "Us"--the Sedaris' and think this was most likely the intention of the author given that he painted the Sedaris' as illogically greedy by "showing not telling" via the children's reaction to giving away some of their Halloween candy and the Tomkeys as just socially awkward through their unique homemade costumes and trick or treating a day later than usual.

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