The Norton Reader
Answers from On Dumpster Diving (pg. 28)
1. Eighner organizes his essay by breaking down how and why scavengers do what they do to survive. He begins his essay with how he became a scavenger and follows that with how to scavenge the best, safest way possible. He communicates how to choose the right dumpsters to dive into, how to determine if food is edible, and whether items are worth holding onto. I believe Eighner chose this type of organization throughout his essay to ease readers into the idea of scavenging through dumpsters. I feel like Eighner is almost trying to convince reader that’s scavenging through dumpster is not that bad, so if he shed the activities in a positive light maybe people would not be so grossed out when observing other dumpster divers. 2. I think Eighner uses a simple, understated tone while suggesting that anyone can adapt to Dumpster diving with little practice because of the topic itself. I think most people assume any activity that involves a dumpster is disgusting, so the convincing cannot be too pushy. He forces readers through experiences he has provided to put themselves into a scavenger’s shoes. He never sells the idea that scavenging fun, but describes daily scavenging activities almost forcing you to think about how you would do it. I think he does this to maybe get readers to feel for those who have to scavenge to survive making searching activities easier. 3. My best friend, Lilian Martinez, is the type of girl to fill her room with many objects that remind her of a time or place that brought her happiness. In her room, her walls are filled with an annoying amount of pictures and the shelves are saturated with souvenirs and memorabilia. She says that her hoarding began when she realized that her parents did not have things they could share with her from their younger days. She vowed that her children would know the type of person she was growing up...
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