Consider The Lobster Analysis

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Tarneesha Anderson Mr. Longino English 131-036 Rhetoric Composition September 22, 2015 Just Consider the Lobster Most people in this population including myself have a tendency to not care or think about where the food that we put into our bodies comes from. We enjoy the food but never think of the animal the food derives from; neither do we ever think about the process the animal has to go through to become our delicious meal. In the commendable essay “Consider the lobster” by David Foster Wallace, Wallace opens our minds to make us see the different point of views the subject has to offer. He gets us to understand it’s not all about our needs; it’s also about the innocent lobster that’s being tortured to…show more content…
He states “The lobster will sometimes cling to the container’s sides or even to hook its claws over the kettle’s rim like a person trying to keep from going over the edge of a roof.” The metaphor puts the reader in the shoes of the lobster. It makes a simple comparison that a human can understand so we can get a better understanding of what the lobster is going through. He later goes on to say “the lobster, in other words, behaves very much as you or I would behave if we were plunged into boiling water.” to effectively prove his point that lobsters have feelings too. At this point a person can fully feel for the lobster that is being boiled in steamy water. Just from making a comparison like that can change the reader perspective on cooking lobsters alive. By snatching the reader’s emotions it really brings them closer to the point of view of the lobster and the process they…show more content…
He goes above and beyond to take the extra step to find logical information for us to understand his view point. Scientifically he finds that “The nervous system of a lobster is very simple, and is in fact most similar to the nervous system of the grasshopper. It is decentralized with no brain. There is no cerebral cortex, which in humans is the area of the brain that gives the experience of pain.” And also finds that experiments show that lobsters can detect changes of only a couple degrees. If the lobster can detect the difference of temperature just like humans, it is humane to boil them until death, just so that they can be enjoyed by the human taste

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