Consider The Lobster Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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An example of the specific description found throughout “Consider the Lobster” and an example can be found when Wallace describes the mascot of the Lobster Festival he is attending. This mascot is described as ”on six-foot stilts in a raincoat with plastic lobsters protruding from all directions on springs” (Wallace 2). Another strategy Wallace uses, rather often, is comparison/contrast. An example of this being found in the passage is when he mentions the major two viewpoints of lobster eating; “Is it right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure?”(Wallace 3) This rhetorical questions sets a comparison and contrast between the two main groups and how one side would say “yes, and the other would answer “no”. An additional strategy Wallace uses is problem/solution concerning the entirety of the conflict found in this essay between the supporters and opposers of boiling lobsters. Wallace’s solution of this problem is less of a solution and more of a suggestion when he proposes “these questions [of morality vs. aesthetics] lead straightaway into such deep and treacherous waters that it’s probably best to stop the public discussion right here” (Wallace 7). …show more content…
The opposite outside source that Wallace consulted were the organizers or members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). These were the ones who are completely against the boiling of a live creature, whether proven sentient or not. Wallace’s investigation into the two different extremes showed how different the sides are. An example that shows a belief that the lobster has sensory feelings is how it reacts when placed in boiling water as “it frantically clanks the lid, and the pathetic clinging to the edge of the pot”(Wallace