Analysis Of ' On Dumpster Diving ' Essay

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The essay, “On Dumpster Diving” written by Lars Eighner is about a homeless man, accompanied by his dog, explaining the strategies and guidelines of surviving from dumpsters, thereby exemplifying the wasteful nature of Americans, while explaining the science – art as well as etiquette involved in the process. Eighner writes that his life of a vagabond without any money opened his eyes to the fact that all those containers with waste are real “supermarkets” for the poor, and they are not only a source of survival, but also a depositary of high-quality and diverse food. Anyhow, there is a risk in eating such findings.
The very first lines of the essay captured my interest considerably, as the author engages me by telling the origin and meaning of the term “Dumpster Diver”. Dumpster is a trademark of garbage loading onto trucks system.
According to Eighner’s experience, taking food out of dumpsters should involve three simple principles: “using the senses and common sense to evaluate the condition of the found materials, knowing the Dumpsters of a given area and checking them regularly, and seeking always to answer the question, ‘Why was this discarded?” (par. 8). Narrator advises to avoid such foods as game, poultry, pork, and egg-based meals. Soft drinks testing should be based on their fizzing vigorously. Being a scavenger, one has to notice the least signs of visible contaminates.
The author shares his experiences in strategising to locate fruitful dumpster locations…

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