Jonathan Safran Foer Hiding And Seeking Purpose Analysis
A Rhetorical Review
Do you know how the food you eat is produced and where it comes from? Have you ever considered what you are eating may have an effect upon your health? Do you really care? These are the issues that author Jonathan Safran Foer brings to light in his literary piece called, “Hiding/Seeking," from his excerpt “Eating Animals”, a triad of three separate genres about the conditions inside the American commercial farm, or “Factory Farm”.
Most people know factory farms as “Slaughterhouses”. Turkeys, are processed in mass production facilities to fill the consumer need for poultry goods. The farm produces roughly 99 percent of the animals consumed in America. In large part, this triad of genres sheds light on …show more content…
The audience identifies immediately with their actions. Foer begins his fictional tale through the eyes of activist “C” and her observer on a covert style mission to expose the inner workings of a bird processing farm, identified as Factory farming, or the practice of mass-producing animals for consumption. Foer never gives the names of the characters; only identifies the first person as an observer in able to preserve the identities of the first person from potential harm. She’s young, under aged, living with parents and dresses covertly with aviator sunglasses, wearing black in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere in the early morning hours, just off a highway known as the “Blood Run”. She goes to great pains to validate herself; not a freak, doesn’t have piercings or tattoos, nor does she fit the stereotypical …show more content…
The intent is to have the reader, or audience make decisions about their own culinary habits, or create ethical choices for themselves.
The scene then moves onto to a factory farmer; Foer changes voice to highlight another example of terrors inside the factory farm. A first person account by an insider, a factory farmer whose name is not identified, he only refers to himself as retired. At a young age, he describes his origins on the farm, from a small boy to the present.
He informs the audience about the business itself, and the costs associated with farming birds. Food prices haven 't increased in thirty years, the price of growing protein has not changed. Every year the cost of operation has increased, therefore, the farmer has to produce a little more, mainly efficiency and profit, to equal those costs. So the business model has changed to a more efficient, less ethical practice to compete. Traditional farming becomes too expensive, owing to the factory