The Scavenger Eighner Rhetorical Analysis

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Eighner’s attention to language in the first five paragraohs appeals to logos. He introduces the word “Dumpster” as a “properietary word belonging to the Dempster Dumpster company”, which is he continues to capitalize it (Eighner 107). Inserting this information makes the reader realize the seriousness the author feels toward the subject written about in the essay. Eighner considers himself a Dumpster diver, and continues to capatilize Dumpster because that is what he considers his proper name, Further on, the author introduces what he does as a scavenging rather than dumpster diving, because he lacks the ability to lower himself into the Dumpster. Eighner integrates ethics in the fifth paragraph as he claims that what does is an honorable…show more content…
He does not want the reader to combine all scavengers into a single category because their reason for scavenging is not the same. While a true scavenger dives into dumpsters for survival, a can scavengers are “drug addicts and winos, mostly the latter because the amounts of cash are so small.” (Eighner 114). The author does not desire to be compared to a an scavenger, he holds himself at a different standard. This distinction serves to provide a reader with insight into the variety of people in the streets. The paragraphs that follow include information about the life of a true scavenger and a can scavenger. Eighner claims that can scavenging takes much longer than true Dumpster diving and it does not provide a person with the necessary essentials for…show more content…
He is expressing his feelings about her and his hope of getting off the streets so she can have a comfortable old age. To Eighner. Lizbeth is no longer just a pet, she is his companion. Whenever the author find something that he thinks “is safe that has been spilled from the Dumpster” he lets her have it (Eighner 116). Eighner cares for Lizbeth, he does not refrain from giving her food, but instead offers as much as he can provide. This is an example of they love he has for her, and the appreciation he feels towards having her. He hopes to one day give her a proper home, or that if she is to outlive him, she can survive on her own. If her time comes while he still lives, he will have no other choice but to leave her in a dumpster, the same dumpsters she has grown up around.
There are certain ethics that come into play in Dumpster diving, of which Eighner holds precious. Eighner argues that although he and others are scavengers, they do hold courtesies among each other. While a scavenger may have all that he needs, “it is common practice to set aside surplus items…” (Eighner 115). A scavenger knows that although he may not be in necessity there are those who will. Instead of throwing away perfectly fine items, they think about others and leave them in plain sight. A can scavenger would do the opposite and overlook a pair of good shoes, leaving them at the bottom of the
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