Garry Keillor

Keillor, Garrison. “Garry Keillor.” The Language of Literature. Ed Arthur N. Applebee, Andrea B. Bermudez, Sheridan Blau, Rebekah Caplan, et al. A Houghton Mifflin Company: Evanston, Illinois, 2002. 425-433. Print.

 In this short story, Garrison Keillor exhibits am embarrassing moment that occurred to him, at the age of 16, when he had to perform a poem in front of the entire high school. He also describes what got him to do it and some events that occur simultaneously. Basically he was embarrassed in front of the girl he liked, but when he had to perform, he gave the poem a musical twist and it ended up fascinating everyone.  At the end of the story he claims that this event was very significant for him. He implies that no matter what the situation is, one must always get the best out of it and many times we are able to succeed and turn a humiliating moment into one of joy, laughter and celebration. Not only is the text funny due to his use of sarcasm, ridicule, comparisons and metaphors, but also he is able to illustrate that he used humor to take the best out of a moment in his life, where embarrassing moments taunted him. 


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