Consider the Lobster

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Although David Foster Wallace claims that he isn’t making his article Consider the Lobster an argument about morality, I believe that is his main intention. While I will admit that he does an excellent job explaining the viewpoints from both humans and lobsters, is it really necessary for him to explain the viewpoint of the lobsters? Wallace is trying to guilt us into thinking how we treat lobsters is morally wrong. Mother nature made us higher up on the food chain, so there is no need to feel guilty about something we are eating as a mechanism for survival. David Foster Wallace provides valid points regarding morality in his essay Consider the Lobster, however because it was assigned for college students to read, his argument is portrayed as unimportant and unnecessary to the audience. The whole purpose of Wallace’s essay was to make the reader think about morality and how people should put more thought into our decision making process. Although he’s asking directly whether or not we should consider the feelings of the lobster when we eat it, the bigger picture questions our ability to process all the little details when making decisions in life. The longer it takes for someone to make a decision the worst the outcome is going to be, because the thought of doubt enters your mind. So, why should we waste our time thinking about what we should or shouldn’t eat when we all have more important things to worry about? Wallace opens up his essay describing the scene of the Maine Lobster Festival, the largest lobster festival in the world. He then goes into great detail describing the sights and sounds of the festival. Over 25,000 pounds of lobster, gather people of all ages and background bring people closer together. Bobble heads, inflatable dolls, and hats of lobsters were even made for young children to enjoy. As we can see, the Maine Lobster Festival…...

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