Consider the Lobster

Powerful Essays
Topics: Lobster
CONSIDER THE LOBSTER
The enormous, pungent, and extremely well-marketed Maine
Lobster Festival is held every late July in the state’s midcoast region, meaning the western side of Penobscot Bay, the nerve stem of
Maine’s lobster industry. What’s called the midcoast runs from Owl’s
Head and Thomaston in the south to Belfast in the north. (Actually, it might extend all the way up to Bucksport, but we were never able to get farther north than Belfast on Route 1, whose summer traffic is, as you can imagine, unimaginable.) The region’s two main communities are Camden, with its very old money and yachty harbor and five-star restaurants and phenomenal B&Bs, and Rockland, a serious old fishing town that hosts the festival every summer in historic
Harbor Park, right along the water.1
Tourism and lobster are the midcoast region’s two main industries, and they’re both warm-weather enterprises, and the Maine
Lobster Festival represents less an intersection of the industries than a deliberate collision, joyful and lucrative and loud. The
1 There’s a comprehensive native apothegm: “Camden by the sea, Rockland by the smell.”
DAV I D F O S T E R WALLACE
236
assigned subject of this Gourmet article is the 56th Annual MLF,
30 July–3 August 2003, whose official theme this year was “Lighthouses,
Laughter, and Lobster.” Total paid attendance was over
100,000, due partly to a national CNN spot in June during which a senior editor of Food &Wine magazine hailed the MLF as one of the best food-themed galas in the world. 2003 festival highlights: concerts by Lee Ann Womack and Orleans, annual Maine Sea Goddess beauty pageant, Saturday’s big parade, Sunday’s William G. Atwood
Memorial Crate Race, annual Amateur Cooking Competition, carnival rides and midway attractions and food booths, and the MLF’s
Main Eating Tent, where something over 25,000 pounds of freshcaught
Maine lobster is consumed after preparation in the World’s
Largest Lobster Cooker near

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Better Essays

    Consider the Lobster

    • 1712 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Escape From the Cave In his article “Consider the Lobster”, David Foster Wallace pointed out that the lobsters would suffer pain if cooked alive on the basis of many scientific materials about the lobster that announced by different organizations, trying to figure out if it is moral to cook the lobsters alive. Although he fell in an ethical dilemma at last, just as most people, struggling between the moral problem and the selfish interest in eating certain kinds of animal, he did not evade querying…

    • 1712 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Consider The Lobster

    • 749 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Consider the Lobster Analytical Summary W131 Summer Work David Foster Wallace begins his article, Consider the Lobster, by describing the annual Maine Lobster Festival. He goes in to detail of the drive there, the events held there, what kind of people attend, and so on and so forth. While a good portion of this piece of text is about this event, his intentions were to focus on the treatment of the lobsters. He makes you think about what these creatures have to go through in order for this seemingly…

    • 749 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Consider The Lobster D

    • 9230 Words
    • 82 Pages

    spinning boxes and squares that layer McCain that whether he's truly "for real" now depends is CONSIDER less on what is in his THE LOBSTER heart than on what might be in yours. Try to stay awake. 2000 THE pungent. ENORMOUS, and extremely well-marketed Maine Lobster Festival is held every late July in the state's midcoast region, meaning the western side of Penobscot Bay, the nerve stem of Maine's lobster industry. What's called the midcoast runs from Owl's Head and Thomaston in the south to Belfast…

    • 9230 Words
    • 82 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    In Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace discusses whether or not it is humane to boil lobsters alive just for people’s gustatory pleasure. Wallace’s attention is directed to people who read the Gourmet Magazine, such as higher class people who are interested in knowing what their eating and how it’s prepared. He uses various appeals to engage his audience, convince them into believing his argument and earn credibility. He goes into depth about the Maine Lobster Festival specifically to inform…

    • 832 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    obvious, lobsters. Although, in the first few passages the author talks about how smelly the Main Lobster Festival is, how hot the weather was, how long the lines were, and discusses lobster biology in great detail; with this start to his article you think you are going to read only about this festival and what it all entails. Almost like it is an advertisement to get people to show up. Instead, to my mind, Wallace’s purpose for his article was to get people to think about the lobsters, what they…

    • 577 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    were a newly ordained fan of Rachel Ray. Second, you had a strong opinion of the cupcakes at “Magnolia Bakery”. Third, you considered Wallace’s article in the Gourmet magazine to be utterly distasteful. David Foster Wallace’s article titled “Consider the Lobster” published in the August 2004 edition of Gourmet stirred a fair bit of discourse around the relevance of his opinions and the significance of the article being published as part of Gourmet, causing many gustatory connoisseurs to become dubitable…

    • 189 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    significant advancements and improvements in life, one must also consider how technology has hurt the environment. In the article “Which Species Will Live?” Michelle Nijhuis explains how technology has led to the important moral issue of whether or not to focus on saving one species at the cost of ignoring another and let it fall victim to extinction. David Foster Wallace’s article “Consider the Lobster” deals with the Maine Lobster Festival and shows how technology has led…

    • 1361 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Slotemaker December 1, 2014 Journal Entry In the essay, “Consider the Lobster,” David Foster Wallace describes what it is like to attend the Maine Lobster Festival. He also goes off on a tangent about the history of the lobster and how the delicacy has evolved. He not only describes the atmosphere but talks about the range of people attending, and how some of those attending raise the question of whether cooking a live lobster poses a moral dilemma (2004). The author of this essay…

    • 221 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    In Jonathan Safron Foer's essay “Let Them Eat Dog” and “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace, the voice the writer chose to exhibit is very conversational and casual. Wallace details the Maine Lobster Fest in almost photographic detail, being so precise that one can almost smell the lobster rolls and taste the butter on sticky fingers. He peppers his essay with surprising facts about the lobster business such as how lobster was originally eaten only by the very poor and institutionalized…

    • 1001 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    In “Consider the Lobster,” David Foster Wallace asks his readers to consider if eating lobsters or other animals is ethical. He describes how lobsters show a preference to not be boiled by their efforts to avoid or escape the pan. He argues that this preference is proof that the lobster suffers or feels pain. However, I can compose the same argument about plants. Grasses produce a chemical in distress right before they are cut from a lawnmower or attacked by insects. This shows that the grass has…

    • 1018 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays