The Sandwich Factory
A factory: “A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured”. Factories are turning human beings into robots, some say. Factories don’t just transform raw material to products, they transform the workers as well. One individual worker on a plant gradually becomes a grain of sand in a desert of robots. The short story, “The Sandwich Factory” is written by Jason Kennedy in 2007. The story is about a recently employed worker on a sandwich factory in 1994. During his time at the factory he experiences the senselessness and extremely boring everyday life of a low paid operative, and thereby granting the reader insight in the life of a worker. The sandwich factory takes place in 1994 and Jason Kennedy describes how efficiency is the only concern at the factory. The employed workers are like outdated robots that work around a conveyor belt, controlled by their manager who treated them poorly. Every worker had a single job at the conveyor belt during their workday, one worker was splitting loaves, another was adding tomatoes and yet another added ham or egg. The manager’s job was to rate the employees on a scale from poor to excellent, and “he always chooses whoever had the best legs... Today it was all men. He marks them all as ‘poor’.” During days with large orders or days behind schedule their manager would lock everyone inside the factory: “Al l the previous very unhappy workers now had the extra knowledge that they were locked in.” These two examples give the reader quite a negative view on the sandwich factory and its management, the workers don’t like their job in the first place, locking them up surely won’t help the work ethic. The narrator is a first person, as he uses “I” when mentioning himself: “I took a low-paid job... I worked at a sandwich factory...I figured he wanted to scare me” and so on. As a first person narrator, we only get his angle on the situation, we only hear about his opinion about his...
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