Rhetorical Analysis Essay: Consider the Lobster The lobster is a disgustingly beautiful creature, known for its delicate taste, menacing shell and controversy. In his essay, “Consider the Lobster”, David Foster Wallace describes the events and festivities of the Maine Lobster Festival and the history of the lobster to deliver a poignant message about the moral implications of killing and eating animals. Wallace is able to develop his position and vividly capture the audience’s attention through a strong use of humor, deliberate tonal shifts and a unique structure. David Foster Wallace, and “Consider the Lobster” in particular, are known for their footnotes- and for good reason.
Imagine being boiled alive like lobsters, “scraping the sides of the kettle as it thrashes around” (Wallace 62). David Foster Wallace doesn’t hold back with his use of details and imagery as he engages the audience describing the Maine Lobster Festival in his article “Consider the Lobster”, which is published in Gourmet Magazine. Wallace uses the title, “Consider the Lobster” not just as the title but as his thesis. He wants to get the reader to think constantly throughout the article about the morality of eating a lobster. Wallace uses rhetoric to describe what occurs at the Maine Lobster Festival as well as the ethics of lobster eating and he does this in his article effectively.
In the article Consider the Lobster, David Foster argues about the actual sensations of one of the animals who have became our food. It covers a world-wolf known festival: the Maine Lobster Festival that was hosted by MLF. Utilizing 25,000 pounds of fresh-caught lobster, having cooking competitions, and a phenomenon
“Consider the Lobster,” by David Foster Wallace, explains in great detail how the lobster industry is celebrated in Maine and many other mid-coast regions. David F. Wallace mentions the region’s two main communities are Camden and Rockland whom host the festival every summer at Harbor Park with a pleasant view of the water. Camden is described to have a many five star restaurants and phenomenal B&Bs to enjoy and feast upon. Tourism and lobster are the two main industries in the mid-coast region and brings joy to people and is very lucrative. The article “Consider the Lobster” was going on its 56th Annual MLF on July 30 – August 3, 2003 and was themed “Lighthouse, Laughter and Lobster” (Wallace, 2004, Para 2.)
David Foster Wallace starts his speech with the use of anecdote through his quick narrative about two young fish. Wallace tells the story of two fish who encounter an older fish who asks “How’s the water?”, which prompts one of the younger fish to later ask “What the hell is water?”, indirectly describing the idea of a link between immaturity and a lack of understanding of surrounding environment. While this anecdote serves as a simple thought provoking prelude to Wallace’s speech, it’s actual purpose is to open the minds of Wallace’s audience to better perceive their surroundings by demonstrating that some of the most obvious realities in life are the hardest to observe. Wallace uses the strategy of anecdote to illustrate this principle and build the foundation for the life lessons later detailed in the body of his speech.
Wallace's speech offers an eye opening truth on the self-centered human nature. Taking an exaggerated, truthful approach, the speech emphasizes the "rat race" or "default-setting" of human nature ad unconscious and that real freedom involves the awareness, discipline and effort put forth to consider other people. David Foster Wallace provides a humorous and genuine story of a wise, old fish and two young, careless fish to emphasize the constant default setting of being the center of the universe that people usually follow. Also, Wallace reflects on his own experience, suggesting to stay away from the default. Then he notes the other possibilities that aren't annoying and miserable to assert that you can choose what to worship, while considering
Depending on the purpose of their work, writers utilize different rhetorical elements; Descriptive text often contains imagery to engage the reader's senses, expositions contain non-objective language to give a reader a generalization on a subject, while an argumentative piece often contains a mixture of ethical, logical, and emotional appeal to change the reader’s view on a particular subject. The writer, Frank Weyers, however, used a mixture of objective language, imagery, and chronological order in his book, Salvador Dali: Life and Work, to achieve a narration on the Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. Throughout the book, Weyers avoids the use euphemisms and any biased comments, utilizing only objective language. This is shown many times when the author describes death in Dali’s life. In one example the author simply states, “In 1982, Gala died” (Weyers 83).
From personal experience, I sense acidic undercurrents, a bursting bubble, and a rusted infrastructure; a western world that is growing, yet sinking. All these forms of decay make me speculate on how things got to be this way, but also what I should do in an attempt to change the tide. In David Foster Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster,” I am consistently puzzled on his concept regarding animals’ ‘right to life’ deeming some sort of equality in animal lives compared to human lives. A selection from this text that that sticks out to me and could stand alone as the main point of this text is when Wallace talks about how people would never stand around at a food festival where cows are publicly slaughtered. He says, “Try to imagine a Nebraska Beef Festival at which part of the festivities is watching the trucks pull up and the live cattle get driven down the ramp and slaughtered right there on the World’s Largest Killing Floor or something - there’s no way” (Wallace 24?).
As Ellen Goodman once said “when we describe what the other person is really like I supposes we often picture what we want we look through the prism of our need”. By using descriptive writing it 's easier for the reader to put themselves in the story. In the story the “Treasures Of Lemon Brown” Walter Dean Myers uses both descriptive adjectives and figurative language to help develop the tone in the story and help the readers visualize the settling the characters and the mood. In the story the “Treasures Of Lemon Brown” Walter Dean Myers uses both descriptive adjectives to help develop the tone in the story.
In the allegory “The Turtle,” the author John Steinbeck explains that as life gets harder people work hard to succeed, and people may try to get in the way. Although the story does talk about a turtle climbing an embankment, people can relate to this story on an emotional level because they can understand overcoming the struggles in life. The struggles in life depend on what goals people set out to achieve. In this paper, the writer will examine the allegorical meanings of the turtle.
In the article, They might sound gross, but intestinal worms can actually be good for you, Dr. William Parker, an associate professor of surgery at Duke University, provides an in-depth analysis on the benefits of helminths, or worms. Dr. Parker argues that helminths are actually quite beneficial as opposed to what people may think based on the connotation of the word parasite. He strives to persuade the audience that the helminths supply a valuable symbiosis within its host. Dr. Parker utilizes certain conventions to support his claim and persuade the audience. In the article, he uses explanation of evidence, reasoning of ideas, and the use of stylistic and persuasive elements to educate and coax the audience.