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Week 4 Eighner
“Dumpster Diving” is an article that the author, Lars Eighner, gives his firsthand account of surviving off others’ trash. With my first glance at the author’s title, I thought I was going to read a sad, dangerous account of homeless life on the streets. The author’s persona and attitude throughout the piece definitely gives the essay a totally different story. Instead of an emotional piece about the homeless, all readers are treated to a sensible, how-to essay on dumpster diving survival.
Lars Eighner really comes off to the audience like an expert you can really trust on the subject of “Dumpster Diving”. From the beginning, Eighner wants to establish credibility with the audience by showing that he had to rely on dumpster diving. The author stated, “While my dog Lizbeth and I were still living in the house on Avenue B in Austin, as my savings ran out, I put almost all my sporadic income into rent. The necessities of daily life I began to extract from Dumpsters.” Also, Lars comes off like a professional due to the knowledge that he displays about the food and materials that he finds in the dumpsters. An example of the author’s understanding of the quality and safeness of the foods is when he says, “Except for carbonated beverages, all canned goods should contain a slight vacuum and suck air when first punctured. Bulging, rusty, dented cans and cans that spew when punctured...