Ivy Tech Community College
November 3, 2011
This is a Rhetorical Analysis on an article written by Eric Schlosser. In writing this paper I am trying to analysis the reason Eric Schlosser decided to write this story and try to perceive what his overall purpose is. Most people love to hear about individuals whom came from nothing, and in the end ultimately became great aspects in life. There are many people around the world who have lived on faith alone, while following their dreams and have succeeded.
The writer starts off the story by telling us how to get to Simplot’s home and business. If you drive through down town Aberdeen, population 2,000 and keep heading north….turn right at the tiger hut an old hamburger stand named after a local high school. (Schlosser, 2001). Simplot grew up working hard on a farm. He rebelled against is domineering father, dropped out of school at the age of fifteen, and left home. He found work at a potato warehouse in the small town of Delco, Idaho (Schlosser, 2001). In this particular part of the story it seems that the writer is going deep in Simplot’s life and how he began this journey with potatoes.
After leaving home Simplot ended renting a room at a boarding house, he became friendly with the schoolteachers whom were not being paid in cash, but in bearing scrip. Simplot would buy the scrips from the teachers and sell them to a local bank (Schlosser, 2001). In this part of the story the writer is giving off a vivid image of a young boy out on his own trying to survive by any means necessary. I think he also wants his readers to know that even though Simplot grew to be so successful, he worked very hard for it.
Simplot sorted potatoes with a shaker sorter, an hand-held device . He would sort potatoes for 10 hours a day and made only 30 cents an hour (2001). Schlosser breaks