What is the significance of the two signs: ""Don't be greedy" and "My candy. Keep out"? What do they tell us about Sedaris?This essay is called "Us and Them" by...

What is the significance of the two signs: ""Don't be greedy" and "My candy. Keep out"? What do they tell us about Sedaris?

This essay is called "Us and Them" by David Sedaris. It is from his book-length memoir, "Dress your family in Corduroy and Denim".

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Those signs tell us several things. First, they show Sedaris' attempts to control his environment, and to transform it. This can be seen in his numerous artistic explorations too: he takes what he is given and changes it. Second, they are a paradox. One says "Don't be greedy," while the other says, "My candy." It is greedy. This leads to a third thing it tells us: Sedaris will display his shortcomings and (apparent) lack of self-understanding for the reader's amusement. That's a central theme in his humor.

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