What exactly was “On Dumpster Diving” suppose to do? Make people feel bad for wasting as much food and things as they are or is it more of a survival guide to dumpster divers? Since there is no clear purpose it’s difficult to say that it was effective. If he had stated a purpose within the essay then it could have had sometime of impact on people. He had the audience feeling bad about wasting stuff but then he changed directions and started talking about how to survive by dumpsters.
In the essay, Eighner says "all these foods might be found in any Dumpster and can be evaluated with some confidence largely on basis of appearance" (149). He states that when looking for food he judges it based off appearance and whether or not it should be eaten. Eighner stating this process is giving his audience a better understanding of what he really is doing and how he does it. By listening to Eighner 's perspective his readers can understand more of what he is actually doing and the way he does it. When studying and reading about a specific story told by the person can decrease the possibility of judgements, stereotypes, and framing others.
Another example of irony is when Eighner mentions the students who “throw out canned goods and staples at the end of semesters when they give up college at midterm” (Eighner 111). Considering that the student is forfeiting their education as well as an opportunity for a decent job, it would be expected of the student to keep what they can instead of tossing things out and being imprudent. In this case, the student is even more wasteful at a time where they should worry about how they will be able to afford items in the
Lars Eighner goes into great detail in his essay, “On Dumpster Diving”, when discussing about his experiences living on the streets and the ways of Dumpster diving. He called himself a “scavenger” and even though he would rather live a “comfortable consumer life,” he learned so much from being a scavenger. Eighner begins the chapter with the three principles; what is safe to consume, knowing the Dumpsters, and knowing the answer to the question “Why was this discarded?” He then discusses how to identify good or rotten foods; what will leave the person satisfied or have the person end up with botulism. Eighner also states the benefits of knowing the different locations of dumpsters, like his experience with the Dumpster behind a pizza delivery shop. He knew what time it closed and when the last employees left.
Also he’s able to use better descriptive words to make his article flow better. He allows the reader to see how his life changed by dumpster diving, and makes a reader realize that people in the world can be wasteful. He shows how you can find some great food items and not so great, he doesn’t sugar coat how life can be by dumpster diving. Although these articles describe different reasons to people dumpster diving they both focus on how they could reduce their carbon footprints on the earth. These well written articles both make good points on how dumpster diving is like buying something from Goodwill or the Salvation Army only it’s free.
In his essay “On Dumpster Diving”, Lars Eighner provides information on what life is like to a homeless person, in this case himself. To that end, Eighner’s purpose does not address negative aspects of the same, rather he focuses on dumpster diving as a way of scavenging. He adopts a neutral and informative tone, however, towards the end the tone shifts to critical and pitiful and he, also, uses precise and scientific diction to make his essay more persuasive. With the use of scientific diction we can see that Eighner aims toward the educated audience who looks upon dumpster diving as disgusting. Nevertheless, Eighner uses the appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos to further explain his way of life as not a horrid one.
Surprisingly there is a lot of things that go through a new dumpster divers head like “ Every grain of rice is a maggot.” (Pg.777) these are all mental images that occur with a beginner that go away over time. Eighner has found the perfect blend between sarcasm, humor and information making this essay easy to comprehend and has a wider audience because of
(Conclusion) Ishmael Beah narrated his personal experience from an honest point of view. By doing so, he enabled the reader to understand everything he chose to explain head on, with no barriers. The reader was able to know what Beah went through, in his own words. “I began to cry quietly and all of a sudden felt dizzy,” (Beah 34). The readers were able to understand how he felt in certain situations.
In the example, the author is criticizing college students who are throwing away food that is safe for consumption only because their parents are paying for the food. Here, the reader may expect that the students are throwing away the food because it is spoiled, but the author misdirects the reader, as the food is not spoiled. Instead, the college students themselves are spoiled. By being spoiled, those college students are unable to realize just how privileged they are and that they have certain luxuries at their disposal that other people do not. Moreover, the example above also contributes to Eighner’s description of diving and scavenging ethics by showing the reader that some people, particularly, college students, are wasteful and that Eighner is simply making use of what they are throwing out.
Some people believe students should not work in fast-food chain because they can get distracted by working and the job may not provide them with skilled-based opportunities. In his essay, Amitai Etzioni, points out the bad influence fast-food chains, such as MacDonald’s, have on the students they employ. He thinks that working in fast-food chains can contribute to academic problems. The debate over whether or not students should work during school especially in fast food chain is currently a very controversial topic. I personally support Amitai Etzioni’s idea that working in fast food chains can negatively impact students’ academic careers.