The Lobster By David Wallace Analysis

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Human being begin hunting and fishing two million years before. We could just not satisfy with eating only plants. The reason we started hunting and fishing is of course to eat meat and seafood for survivor, and it provides other various nutrition that plants could not provide for us, but it also showed social rank. The most successful hunters or fishers can form alliances and gain females by sharing what they caught. But as human figure out the easier way to catch them and begin to industrialized products, it became different meaning. Most of people don’t hunt for meat these days. They have domestic animals. And they don’t eat meat for survivor. They enjoy eating meat by cooking in different ways. They even raise their domestic animals as …show more content…
Of course, many people fish for fun but when it comes to eating seafood, people don’t forcefully eat them to survive, they eat them to enjoy their meals. David Foster Wallace writes an essay called “Consider the Lobster”. Wallace talks about Maine Lobster Festival that is held every late July. “Lighthouses, Laughter, and Lobster” is their official theme that numerous travelers follow. In this grand festival, so many lobsters are cooked in various ways. And it’s still questionable how to cook the lobsters. Should we cook them alive for the sake of freshness neglecting their pain? Or should we kill them in an instant before we …show more content…
Since he talks about how the word “lobster” is originated and meanings that the word contains, we can tell how people from the past thought of lobsters. First, he talks about the name “lobster”. It comes from the Old English called loppestre. And he says loppe means spider. Why did people from the past named lobster “spidery creature”? Lobsters, crabs, shrimp, barnacles, and freshwater crayfish are classified as crustacean, meaning aquatic arthropod. Thinking about other types of arthropod, there are spiders, centipdes/millipedes, insects, and etc. Although they all have different scientific names, they are all called “bugs”. Here Wallace uses definitional argumentative claims. He says lobsters are bugs. They are “basically giant sea-insects.” He explains why lobsters are arthropods. Like many other arthropods, “they date from the Jurassic period.” And although people who love bugs would not agree, they are not nice-looking. When people see bugs at their houses, their reactions are probably not welcoming. They would rather kill them or get insects out of their ways. But although lobsters are “bug of the sea”, they are treated differently. We even spend time thinking about how much painful it would be for lobsters when we cook them. Other thing to point out about kairos is that he also talks

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