Dumpster Diving and the Rhetorical Framework - Wiki-cik

1. Why does Eighner prefer the term scavenging to scrounging or
foraging to characterize the process he analyzes?
2. In what-ways does Eighner's -analysis demonstrate that Dumpster
diving is "a sound and honorable niche"?
1. How does Eighner anticipate his 'audience's reaction to his subject
by presenting the "predictable series of stages that a person
goes through in learning to scavenge"?
2. How do Eighner's "scavenger ethics" enhance his standing with
his readers?
I. How does Eighner use the example of pizza to illustrate the
three principles of eating from a Dumpster?
2. How does Eighner's analysis of the process of "soda-can.
scrounging" help distinguish that process from “scavenging"?
Transition Sentences:
 Especially important in Process Analysis Essays
 Examples:
 I prefer the term "scavenging" and use the word "scrounging" when I
mean to be obscure.
I like the frankness of the word "scavenging.“
Except for jeans, all my clothes come from Dumpsters.
There are a predictable series of stages that a person goes through in
learning to scavenge.
This stage passes with experience.
At this stage he may become lost and never recover.
The finding of objects is becoming something of an urban art.
But eating from Dumpsters is the thing that separates the dilettanti from
the professionals.
The area I frequent is inhabited by many affluent college students.
Can scroungers will even go through individual garbage cans,
something I have never seen a scavenger do.
Occasionally a find tells a story.
Rhetorical Continuum
What prompts the
author to speak at
that time?
To whom is the author
writing? How does the
author appeal to the
Does the author show his credibility
– that he knows relevant info about
the topic? Is he believable?
What does the author want to
happen? What does the author want
the audience to believe or do?
Does the author offer a clear, reasonable
central idea? Does he develop it with
appropriate reasoning, examples, or details?
Does the author draw on the
emotions and interests of the
audience so they will
sympathize and buy into his
central idea or argument?
Word choice
Sentence structure
“word pictures”
that appeal to
Descriptive language such
as metaphor, simile,
personification, symbol, etc.
Rhetorical Framework
Rhetorical Triangle

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