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ability to lower [him]self into the Dumpsters like the real divers do” (715). He also shares funny stories that have happened to him while dumpster diving. He once gulped down a spiked drink, not knowing it was spiked. He soon found himself intoxicated for the rest of the day in a public place. Eighner’s humorous stories shows his personality and light heartedness toward the subject. Eighner does not just use humor to entertain the reader but also to lighten the mood when talking about more serious subjects. He talks about all the personal information people throw away. He finds pill bottles and medications in the Dumpsters with the information labels still on them. Eighner also found bank statements with all kinds of information about the person who just tossed it in the garbage. The reader first thinks about the seriousness of the all sensitive information they throw away then
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Eighner lightens the mood with the story about a bag filled with unused condoms, lube and ripped up picture of a boy (725). In other situations, Eighner will be describing a hardship of Dumpster diving then uses a funny story to make it seem like it is not that bad. For example, when it came to fire ants, Eighner describes them as a problem not because they take the good food but because they were vicious. As the majority of the audience would know fire ant bites hurt so they begin to understand the difficulty of dealing with the ants. But then Eighner describes how when Lizabeth is with him and there is more fire ants than she wants to eat, she does the “Dance of the Zillion Fire Ants” (725). This dance gives Eighner the sign that it is time to go to another Dumpster. These humorous stories are not only used to entertain the reader but they also help set the tone for the entire essay.
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