Thesis & Support On Dumpster Diving Essay

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Thesis and Support: “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner

Lars Eighners essay “On Dumpster Diving” describes the lifestyle of living out of a dumpster. Lars demonstrates that anyone can achieve a fulfilling life without the constraints of society and material wealth. He finds nearly everything he needs and sometimes more just from the refuse of others. Firstly, what is dumpster diving? Dumpster diving is the practice of sifting through commercial or residential waste in order to obtain items one might find useful that have been discarded by their owners. Dumpster diving is largely associated with the homeless or people with little or no source of income. In January 2013, 610,042
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He also goes on in paragraph 39 to talk about drugs and medicine and how he often has to hoard the essential ones. He mentions however that drugs should not be taken lightly without some grounding in pharmacology, this further proved that he has been well educated in the past. In Paragraph 53, he talked on how he often finds books, diaries and papers discarded by college students. He remarks that he is horrified to discover the kinds of papers that merit and A, which means he must have had experience with the grading system. However he adds that he is grateful for the number of good books and magazines they toss out, this shows his appreciation for good literature and speaks to his educated background.
Eighner showed his intelligence throughout the essay, from the words he used, to his in-depth knowledge on various foods and how to know if they are safe to eat or not. Eighner talked about how he frequented neighborhoods associated with the wealthy (Paragraph 21) because the rich are more wasteful and tend to throw out items with no real issues. His decision to scavenge in the more prosperous neighborhoods struck me as one of an intelligent individual.
Discipline is another characteristic of Eighner that I would not have assumed any dumpster diver would have. Paragraph 37 he talked about how he feels people who live off dumpsters should be controlled. Since everything you

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