English 101 Final Essay Q1: Discuss the contemporary issues in every essay A) Lars Eighner, in “On Dumpster Diving”, portrays the waste that is accumulated due to modern consumerism and materialism. He also demonstrates the issue of the wage gap. Consumers of the modern age spend too much and therefore waste too much. In the essay, Eighner describes life as an scavenger and demonstrates how people are able to live by the minimal resources. “Scavengers” are able to survive on the waste of the consumer. Eighner presents this scenario as a contrast to the life of a modern consumer, in order to portray it’s unnecessary wastefulness. Mainly, food seems to be taken lightly by society, as Eighner as a scavenger finds “a half jar of peanut butter”, …show more content…
Eighner then presents his sadness as he comes to the realization that what he considers special is completely ignored and thrown away by daily consumers.Consumers also tend to come from the middle class. Those in the lower class do not have access to the monetary resources to mindlessly purchase. Eighner conveys the emotional impact that living out of a dumpster can have on a person. He describes finding objects such as "abandoned teddy bears, shredded wedding books, and pets lying in state." Seeing the pets makes him think about his dog Lizbeth and how she is likely to end up with a dumpster as her final resting place, as Eighner does not see himself having a place for her before she passes on. Rummaging causes Eighner to consider how much individuals underestimate the way that they can purchase something new to replace something old that they have discarded. He …show more content…
If Jonathan Swift had written a serious piece simply espousing his true beliefs he would not have received as much feedback, due to the fact that there were already informational advertisements at the time and nobody was interested in reading them. The only thing that would get the people 's attention was something that would create a lasting impression, so he wrote a satirical piece with trenchant humor and mochary. “A Modest Proposal” surprised people and got them thinking about the condition of the poor in Ireland and what should be done to solve it. For example Swift states that “those who are thrifty” can use the carcass of the infant for ladies’ gloves or gentlemen’s boots. This itself can help those reading the piece to begin to think about possible solutions to the substantial issues involving the poor in Ireland. He also proposes that children that are fourteen should be consumed as well so the poor don’t have to go hungry and that it would limit the number of breeders, in an attempt to illustrate the extremity of the circumstances. His sarcastic way of joking enlisted fear in the poor and concern in the rich, helping them realise the drastic issue present in the
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“A Modest Proposal” was written in 1729 by a satirical author by the name of Jonathan Swift. Swift studied at the University of Oxford and was also know for his popular writing in Gulliver’s Travel. The purpose for his satire “A Modest Proposal” was to enlighten the citizens of Ireland about their hardship and suffering. He informed them about their scares of food, money, and property, but provided a possible solution to their problem. To persuade the people Swift adopts a comforting and friendly tone to his audience for the people to react to his solution.
In a country where a significant percentage of the population is homeless (approximately 600,000 (endhomelesness), but the exact count is unknown since it is so difficult to accurately measure), it is important that everyone understands the typical experiences and plight of a homeless person. Since most people likely do not have regular face-to-face interactions with the homeless, their perception of the homeless will be based around the stories they hear and read. Thus, it is important to analyze those popular stories and memoirs and determine if they accurately reflect the typical homeless individual. One of those popular stories is Lars Eighner’s On Dumpster Diving. In his memoir, he lays out an image of homeless life which I think is atypical
In the time frame that Swifts’ A Modest Proposal was written Ireland was going through political, economic, and religious struggles. In 1729 England had contrived, with the help of Irish venality, to wreck Ireland’s merchant marine, agriculture, and wool industry. Prostitutes in Swift’s paper are having kids like senseless people, but yet they can’t afford to feed them. Jonathan Swift proposes that his people should sell the babies and eat them. He thinks this would help solve the problem of over population. Swift tried to give his people pamphlets on how to fix the problem that was plaguing their country, but they ignored them. Swift says “These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants.”(1) Swift proposes that the mothers sell the babies for 8 shillings; the rich would find the child to be a delicacy and the extra money would go to the landlord. So everyone would benefit from this proposal. He does this as a way of making his people aware of what is going on in their
Even though he can live a “comfortable consumer life”, he would rather being a scavenger where he learned a lot of experience in distinguishing on what was safe to eat and what is not. Author is stating the three steps to go through: the common sense, knowing the Dumpsters and checking it daily. He also mentions that in the process of evaluating
In the article “On Dumpster Diving, Lars Eighner writes about his experiences dumpster diving and the knowledge needed to “scavenge” (as Eighner says) successfully. Because of the stigma attached to dumpster diving, the article grabs your attention. Once you begin reading, you realize the article covers many more talking points than just dumpster diving.
Lars Eighner’s essay, Dumpster Diving, implements his thoughts on materialism and wealth through his actual experience as one of the homeless and conveys his concerns on modern society. That is to say, Eighner provides ethical accounts on people and their obsession over prestigious conveniences as to where they need to focus on the necessities. The author formulates a commendable position in exclaiming that people should not place value on tangible objects but rather what results from the human mind.
I’ve read many essays this year as a student in ENGL 1301. Of the ones I’ve read from A Writer’s Presence, many have contained elements that could benefit other future students of ENGL 1301. One that really stood out to me was “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner. In the essay, Lars Eighner recounts his time as a homeless man and what that in fact entails in great detail. By reading and studying it, students would see great examples of how to pique a reader’s attention with details, how commas could be used effectively, and how to tie everything in an essay together well.
Life as we know it today revolves around cell phones; transportation, finance, education, nutrition, and communication can all be accessed or controlled through your actual mobile device. Technology all over the world seems to be improving lives while it seems to steer differently in the American culture. There are plenty of pros and cons due to cell phones that makes it hard to distinguish whether it has bettered the American culture or set it on a path for failure.
A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick is a satirical essay written by Jonathan Swift in 1729. The essay points out that the impoverished Irish can ease their economic problems by selling their children as food for the rich people which is a figure of speech but deals a great impact. It also encouraged positive development for those who suffered financial crisis and famishment, and urged the aristocratic lords to lower their taxes, so to put a means to an end of the starvation of the country from both its food and coins. This satirical essay mocked the insensitive attitudes towards the poor, as well as the state of the English
Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal is a shocking satire that discusses the dire poverty in Ireland. It says if one is born poor they will stay that way unless society puts them to use. Children are food to be eaten. In an economic slump children will be used to feed and clothe Ireland’s population. Swift’s purpose for writing A Modest Proposal was to call attention to the exploiting and oppressing by the English to the Irish. He wanted to shock his readers by proposing his “modest” proposal. He presents selling babies as food to reduce overpopulation. This causes the reader to disregard this suggestion. Swift wanted to raise awareness on the issue that was haunting Ireland. Throughout A Modest Proposal, Swift effectively uses verbal irony, diction, and sentence structure to achieve his purpose of making people realize that there are problems in society that needed to be handled in a reasonable manner. He also wanted to help advance the country’s trade, provide for infants, relieve the poor and help the rich. Swift ultimately wanted to get people thinking about actual solutions that could solve their current problems.
Jonathan Swift is the speaker in the story, A Modest Proposal. He is also the author of many other books and stories. In the text of A Modest Proposal, Swift addresses what he believes to be a big issue in the magnificent country of Ireland, Dublin to be exact. Therefore, he proposes a solution to the problem, however, the solution is not what we would call humane, orthodox, reasonable, or even one that we would consider performing today. Swift wrote this piece for anyone that can read and comprehend what the text implies.
Homelessness is increasing every year and about a quarter of all homeless people suffer from mental health issues. In Lars Eighner “On Dumpster Diving” he explains what he went through on a daily basis while being homeless. He describes how and what foods you should look for and to always be conscious of what you are getting because there is always a reason why something was thrown out. He continues to go into detail about other items that can be found in the dumpster like sheet and papers. Things that can keep you busy through the day. Eighner carefully explains to his readers how being a dumpster diver has become a life style for the homeless and this is how they survive. “I began dumpster diving about a year before I became homeless” (Eighner 713). He tries to bring us into the world of homelessness. It is hard to imagine what we would do or not do in that situation, how would we survive if dumpster diving was our means of survival? As a dumpster diver, Eighner is able to tell us what is ok to eat and have and what is not ok for your health. His essay starts by uttering some guid...
The real issue being addressed in “A Modest Proposal” is the poverty that was plaguing Ireland. The piece was written at a time when the poor people were seen as a burden to their country and were being oppressed by the wealthy English government and landowners. Swift makes the argument to make the poor useful. He favors the poor and hopes that they will find a way out of their seemingly hopeless destitution, which is why he writes this pamphlet. He is knowledgeable in economics and societal functions, which gives him credibility in addressing the Irish people. His main argument is that babies should be eaten in effort to make use of the poor. He assumes that his audience will be intelligent enough to analyze the satire of his piece and be willed to understand the country’s predicament.
Step 3: 1. Eighner introduces his arguments through the use of narrative stories and his own personal experiences. He uses this technique to let the reader see firsthand how some people are able to survive off what is carelessly thrown away by others who take what they own for granted. Eighner illustrates this point on page 1, “The necessities of daily life I began to extract from Dumpsters. Yes, we ate from Dumpsters. Except for jeans, all my clothes can from Dumpsters. Boom boxes, candles, bedding, toilet paper, medicine, books, a typewriter… I acquired many things from the Dumpsters.”
This essay will have no value unless the reader understands that Swift has written this essay as a satire, humor that shows the weakness or bad qualities of a person, government, or society (Satire). Even the title A Modest Proposal is satirical. Swift proposes using children simply as a source of meat, and outrageous thought, but calls his propo...