In the article “Shipping Out” David Foster Wallace explains his exploits of his experience on the a Cruise called The Zenith. In his article, there are many motifs that are both obvious and obscure. One of which is the motif of fake things. Based on his opinion of the ship Wallace finds many things on the ship to be fake. One example of the fakeness is when Wallace wonders around the ship and says, “...even as I stood there, a crewman with a roller and bucket of white paint. I watched as he gave the entire capstan a fresh coat and walked away with a nod”(36). When the man painted over the ship’s rust with paint, that proved how to fake the ship really was. From the outside, the ship looks perfect, but on the inside it's nothing but a fake illusion.