We will look for their colors, patterns, quality, price etc. Even while making our choice, we may care how they will look like to others. Nevertheless, we make a judgment based on comparison and contrast. Another, important thing is that sometimes it happens that we learn better about our vices, virtues or things around us, if they are humorously presented before us. Amusingly making the reader to draw a conclusion or arrive at a value judgment about neat and sloppy people is the purpose of this essay. This is what Suzanne Britt has done in this essay. She amusingly portrays two classes by demonstrating both their similarities and differences not merely in preferences in cleanliness as essay title shows, but in morality. She argues that neat people are “meaner and lazier than sloppy people.” They care more about the results than the Process. They are wasteful and insensitive. Sloppy people, on the other hand, “…carry in their mind’s eye a heavenly vision, a precise plan, that is so stupendous, so perfect, it can’t be achieved in this world or the next.” Her definitions convey a sense of irony opposite to real world and one really enjoys her interpretations about neat and sloppy people….
She slows the reader to make
sure that they have grasped her opinion of neat people vs. sloppy people. This strategy
works well as it draws reader attention to all points present in essay. Exploring several of
Britt’s paragraphs, the reader can consider the differences of her technique and their
effectiveness of contrasting the characteristics of sloppy people and neat people.
The 1st paragraph of Britt’s essay though a brief yet most authoritative section of
essay. This introduction, customarily, fields the basis of Britt’s leading thesis: "Neat
people are lazier and meaner than sloppy people" (Jordan, 223). From 2nd paragraph,
Suzanne Britt begins her exploration of the common sloppy man by submitting her
sympathy that sloppy people are not really sloppy. Their sloppiness is merely the
unfortunate consequence of their extreme moral "rectitude" (Jordan, 224). She
continuous her exploration by saying that sloppy people live within "Never-Never-Land".
Someday is their "mtier" (Jordan, 224).They "carry in their mind’s eye a heavenly
vision, a precise plan that is so stupendous, so perfect, it can’t be achieved in this world
or the next" (Jordan, 224).
The fourth paragraph is a justification of her previous paragraph. She validates
her "Never-Never-Land" by reiterating that despite all noble reasons and more, sloppy
people never get neat as their meticulous someday "mtier" planning only creates useless
"new piles of papers with new headings" (Jordan, 225).
In the 5th paragraph Suzanne Britt Jordan astutely depicts the sloppy people
affection for continuous possession of things. She points out that "sloppy people can’t
bear to part with anything. They give loving attention to every detail" (Jordan 225). Her