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"Consider The Lobster" by David Foster Wallace

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Transcript of "Consider The Lobster" by David Foster Wallace

Deja Goode
Denisse Jimenez
Fabiola Santiago
Period. 6

"Consider the Lobster"
David Foster Wallace
Speaker
Occasion
Maine Lobster Festival and its expectations due to the opinion of animal cruelty. It is demonstrated by," Since, however, the assigned subject of this article is what it was like to attend the 2003 [Maine Lobster Festival]."
Audience
Wallace has an audience of those attending the Maine Lobster Festival, gourmet food eaters, chefs, those against animal cruelty and the public.
Purpose
The purpose is to address both arguments of animal cruelty and to explain that we could never understand an animal's pain. However this was also to argue against people who are anti-animal cruelty saying that we, as humans, cannot extend our understanding of pain and morals to animals.
The speaker is David Foster because these are his direct opinions on animal cruelty and in first person as shown through his diction when he says, "As far as I can tell, my own main way way dealing with this conflict has been to avoid thinking about the whole unpleasant thing."
Subject
The subject is whether animal cruelty can be justified.
Tone
His tone is
repugnant
because he's bothered by animal cruelty altogether and the democracies that come along with it such as those who try to compare human morality with animals. His tone is also
aggressive
demonstrated by points such as "we do not have direct access to anyone or anything's pain" and pointing out mistakes people have done such as attending the Maine Lobster Festival
Figurative Language
Euphemism
-It is evident that he has broad target. Indirectly he is targeting the reader by making the readers question themselves through passive aggressive comments such as, "whether and why it might be justifiable to inflict pain on them in order to eat them". Also, those attending the Maine Lobster Festival are part of the audience because the author makes the topic the central idea of the excerpt. Directly he addresses chefs, gourmet food eaters and anyone that, "enjoys a variety of foods and yet does not want to see herself as cruel" explaining how animal rights activists have a part in this as well. They are a direct audience because he mentions them throughout his article.
Logos
Logos is a literary device that can be defined as a statement, sentence or argument used to convince or persuade the targeted audience by employing reason or logic.
The author uses logos as a way to persuade the reader of the wrong doing of suggesting that one knows pain of others through philosophy building up his credibility. This is demonstrated by ,"principles [...] involve hard-core philosophy - metaphysics, epistemology, value theory, ethics.
- Wallace explicitly states that the targeted subject is animal cruelty within his introductory sentences.
Substitution of a milder or less direct expression for one that is harsh or blunt.
".. whether why it might be justifiable to
inflict pain
on them just to eat them.."
Wallace uses a euphemism for
"kill"
or
"death"
to create an emotional appeal to the audience.
"Before we go any further, let's acknowledge that the questions of whether and how different kinds of animals feel pain...'
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