In the essay “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner, one of the themes I believe is portrayed through the text is, even in the world of dumpster diving there are ethics. Eighner shows he has personal ethics in several parts of the essay. He can recognize the value of items that are more important then others. “The necessities of daily life I began to extract from dumpsters” shows that he has the willpower to keep pushing and not give up (Eighner 162). “Occasionally a find tells a story” Eighner explains, but he refuses and will not share personal information he finds in the Dumpsters, such as addresses, prescription information, and such (Eighner 170). He has the ability to wreak havoc on people, but that is not his purpose or his plan. He is simply attempting to survive the only way he can see. It is clear that he has morals and principles, and these guide him as he scavenges. Eighner shows a lot of respect towards others, he does not scavenger individual garbage cans. “My strongest reservation about going through individual garbage cans is that this seems to me a very personal kind of invasion” He puts himself in household owner’s shoes and thinks from their point of view (Eighner 169). He believes in being fair to others and that is the reason he dislikes can scroungers. “ There are precious few courtesies among scavengers” If a scavenger finds something he/she cannot carry or does not need it is only fair that he/she leave the good items in plain sight for another scavenger (Eighner 169). He believes “can scroungers lay waste to everything in their path” they will dig for cans and in the process take perfectly usable items in good condition “to the bottom of the dumpsters to be lost or ruined” (Eighner 169). This essay really brought my attention to how intelligent, respectful and useful some people become even when they have nothing. It also shows how morals and ethics play a big role in
Reading the “Dumpster Diving” essay put me in the perspective that we throw away a lot of different things that may seem like junk or trash to us. However, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and what may be trash to us is the way of life for someone else . Lars Eighner describes his experience in dumpster diving, and while doing so, he makes a comment in the essay to say he would prefer to call dumpster diver “scavenging.”
Eighner writes this essay to tell everyone about his years he….
On Dumpster diving
The Essay “ On Dumpster diving “, by Lars Eighner is based on a man who tells his story as a homeless man and his dog named lizbeth. Not only does he explains his strategies living out of dumpsters, but also the lessons he has learned form it. By reading his essay, we could tell that the appearances can be deceiving and we should not always judge people by their faces.
Eighner was always impressed with dumpsters, before he started dumpster diving….
Lars Eighner is an experienced dumpster diver or as he prefers to call it “scavenging.” He writes “On Dumpster Diving” an essay about the three years he spent on the streets accompanied by his lone companion, dog Lizabeth. Born in Texas in 1948, Eighner began dumpster diving one year before he ended up homeless after being unable to pay for his rent. Diving through dumpsters to obtain life’s main necessities, Eighner becomes a veteran at realizing what foods are safe and what items….
“On Dumpster Diving”
1. List modes/patterns of development
Examples: Paragraph 24, 50, 26
Couse/Effect: Paragraph 25, 51, 66
Compare/Contrast: Paragraph 62, 67, 44
2. Identify audience and purpose
The audience could be directed to people who are interested in dumpster diving and the purpose would be informative. The writer informed his readers what he learned from dumpster diving and how to effectively acquire daily necessities from scavenging.
3. Define one word
Transience: transient state….
On Dumpster Diving
Quite by accident, I found the essay On Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner on the pages of Seagull magazine. The first lines of it captured my interest considerably, for as I had never read about dumpster diving or scavenging before. On Dumpster Diving is a piece of large Eighner’s work called Travels with Lizbeth (1993), which was based on his own experience of homelessness.
The author engages me by telling the origin and meaning of the term Dumpster Diver, presenting….
In the essay on Dumpster Diving we read about Lars Eighner Who is a scavenger in the sense that he searches dumpsters for leftover items that can be of aid to him to enable him to eat or to have clothing to wear. In this essay we see numerous rhetorical approaches to grab the reader’s attention in as he conveys a story and a lifestyle that sheds light to an unknown profession. We immediately read about how knowledgeable and passionate the author is about this subject as he comes out almost challenging….
"My Daily Dives in the Dumpster"
Lars Eighner is a very resourceful and intelligent man who recounts his 5-year experience as a homeless man drifting between Austin and Hollywood in "My Daily Dives in the Dumpster". He decides the American consumer life is more comfortable than the life of a scavenger. "Although, if I could I would naturally prefer to live the comfortable consumer life, perhaps-- and only perhaps-- as a slightly less wasteful consumer owing to what I have learned as a scavenger….
On On Dumpster Diving
In the many subcultures of the Twenty First century dumpster diving is a casual activity. Dumpster diving being the act of taking, used goods out of a dumpster for personal use. I personally adorn many dumpstered clothing items. In the essay On Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner, he talks about dumpster diving through his experiences being homeless, living with his dog, and dumpster diving to sustain his life. He postulates how much of what we consume is wasted. Eighner….
On Dumpster Diving
In the essay “On Dumpster Diving” author Lars Eighner narrates his experiences of scavenging. This well-known author, though being incredibly talented, had to work as a counselor at a drug crisis center in Austin, to earn a living. After losing his job,he unfortunately had to move out of his home and live the hard life on the streets. The essay talks about the author’s survival on the streets and expresses his ethical dilemma.
The author was surprised by the large amount of….
“On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner is an essay about the author’s personal struggles of homelessness and the art of getting his daily necessities from local Dumpsters. Even before he was homeless, he had started to “Dumpster dive,” or “scavenge,” as he calls it, due to the depletion of his savings (Eighner 161). Despite the fact that the essay is about the author’s homeless experiences, he manages to remove most of the emotion from the essay and takes more of an approach that seems like he’s writing….