Lars Eighner's On Dumpster Diving

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Many people think that dumpster diving is a survival to search and find something in a dumpster that they needed some discarded food/drink in order to survive if they are homeless and are really hungry/thirsty. The purpose of Lars Eighner’s memoir, “On Dumpster Diving”, is to understand the style of his writing of why capitalizes the letter D in “Dumpster”. The importance of this memoir is symbolized to define his survival needs including his dog, Lizbeth which is both his living and eating at a dumpster. There are many reasons why I chose Lars Eighner’s essay, “On Dumpster Diving”. I believe the style of Lars’s memoir was effective because Lars was impressed living in dumpsters, Lars was searching and scavenging for food in a dumpster and…show more content…
Lars Eighner’s memoir, he wrote, “Long before I began Dumpster diving I was impressed with Dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research service to discover what I could about the word “Dumpster.” […]” (Eighner 139). This quote means that, living in a dumpster was really essential for him that he basically needed a place to live and eat and living in a dumpster that he symbolizes it as his “home”. This is because if there were no dumpsters for him, he will most likely suffer and could possibly die without it that living in a dumpster helped him to survive those needs and wants to eat, live and collect. On the other hand, the style of Lars Eighner’s memoir, “On Dumpster Diving” is showing diction of how he and his dog, Lizbeth was living in a dumpster by describing some Dumpster diving terms of how he applies and uses it that he states, “I prefer the term “scavenging” and use the word “scrounging” when I mean to be obscure. I have heard people, evidently meaning to be polite, using the word “foraging,” but I prefer to reserve to reserve that word gathering nuts and berries and such which I do also according to the season and the opportunity. "Dumpster diving" seems to me to be a little too cute and, in my case, inaccurate because I lack the athletic ability to lower myself into the Dumpsters as the true divers do, much to their increased profit. I like the frankness of the word "scavenging,"…show more content…
In other words, he was trying to find something valuable in the dumpster that he might/will find it useful for him to keep. In Lars’s memoir, he wrote, “As for collecting objects, I usually restrict myself to collecting one kind of small object at a time, such as pocket calculators, sunglasses, or campaign buttons. […] But even if had a home with extensive storage space I could not save everything that might be valuable in some contingency.” (Eighner 146). This quote means that, finding something valuable in the dumpster has meant a lot to him that if he and his dog, Lizbeth had a home, it would/will be useful for him to collect all of the junk for him to keep it as a souvenir and or even a dumpster collection. In the other hand, I found it interesting when I keep on reading further, he had found a lot more discarded items of what we throw out that we don’t need no more that he also states, “Dumpsters contain bank statements, bills, correspondence, and other documents, just as anyone might expect. But there are also less obvious sources of information. […]” (Eighner 147) to show how we could find some personal information/documentation in a dumpster.
Therefore, there are many reasons why I chose Lars Eighner’s essay, “On Dumpster Diving”. Dumpster diving can really help a homeless person search for food and or drink in order to survive. Dumpster diving is effectual. It can also help a homeless
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