On Dumpster Diving

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Scavengers Can Feel Rich

How did a Texas born baby become a professional dumpster diver after attending, University of Texas, starting his journey working as an attendant and ward worker? Most people can assume he hit rock bottom and had no choice but to dumpster dive for a living, but that is not the case because this educated man chooses the lifestyle of scavenger hunting. He decides to live as a scavenger when his savings run out, and during this moment he gathers all the necessities needed for daily living from dumpsters. Even though he decides to take this route in life, he still makes a contradicting statement. He mentions if he could he would naturally rather live the consumer life, except to be a less wasteful consumer. He pieces his experiences on how to survive dumpster diving when scavenging and by doing so his readers realize how challenging this profession can be. “On Dumpster Diving”, Lars Eighner uses philosophical discussions to describe the transition when becoming a dumpster and learns that in the end he is the rich man living off of peoples waste. The transition of learning how to dumpster dive seems disgusting until one realizes people throw away good matter. Eigner’s commentary describing the stages of scavengers leaves images that linger. He explains the feeling of a first time scavenger, “Every grain seems to be a maggot. Everything seems to stink. He can wipe the egg yolk off the found can, but he cannot erase from his mind the stigma of eating garbage” (481). By stating this he shows what a person usually feels going through any kind of trash. After reading, this feeling of disgust appears such as flies on dog poop. Enabling the readers to relate to the feelings the first timers feel. The feeling of disgust makes us eager to know what else a diver may have to face, but then the feeling vanishes. The feeling of dirty; converts into a feeling of dirt-free because the more experience a diver is the better it gets. They see the brighter...
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