'Consider The Lobster' By David Foster Wallace

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The skilled use of visual imagery has been without a doubt is an essential aspect of writing. This is simply the cognitive image which consists of the sense of having images in mind. David Foster Wallace mastered it, in his article “Consider the Lobster” and portrays a typical example of descriptive writing. His piece seemingly created images in the minds of the readers. Wallace in his article used the right descriptive words to show the appropriate mood of the article from his point of view. The visual description of cooking the lobsters alive versus a more humane way of killing them by stabbing them is a perfect example of how descriptive writing can editorialize as his views of it being disgusting
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Wallace through this ostensibly clear-cut subject matter emerged to tackle archival connections. For example, the stretch, where the festival happens, the situation of driving into the festival and much more. When he described that lobster was once food that even prisoners were protected from, it was clear he felt the lobster was disgusting to eat. But his description of people, especially children who did not have the motor skills to properly eat them elaborated that he was not in favor of this festival.
In every bit of the piece, Wallace provided the reader with bantam chunks of the whole or visible features of the festival and linked to those pieces farther to the pieces of information. For instance, he linked the seafood festival to a particular sort of seafood, lobster. Next, he provided the reader with the etiology of lobsters. He went further to discuss how lobsters are cooked, talking about the first persons to cook and eat lobsters, where and
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However, the writer has the privilege to express his perception or opinion about a given subject matter. Wallace’s descriptive writing apparently editorialize. This is because Wallace elaborated on his opinion about cooking animals alive, using lobster as an illustration. Wallace as a reporter did not just give the news about the seafood festival, but he went on to express his feelings about the attitude of cooking creatures alive just to grace an event and appease the consumer. He used the descriptive specifics of the event to pass his perspective across, awakening the minds of his audiences in a bid to seek their opinions on the subject matter, or to embed his own into their unsuspecting subconscious minds. Or, was this simply creative nonfiction? According to Hesse; “Creative nonfiction falls on the other end of the style spectrum, using imagistic, sensory and emotional language to express the writer’s
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