Presentation on theme: "Laura Fraser, “Why I Stopped Being a Vegetarian” (687-691) Why did Laura Fraser stop being a “pesco-ovo-lacto vegetarian” (687)? Where is this thesis statement."— Presentation transcript:
Laura Fraser, “Why I Stopped Being a Vegetarian” (687-691) Why did Laura Fraser stop being a “pesco-ovo-lacto vegetarian” (687)? Where is this thesis statement located in her essay? “As a vegetarian, not only had I denied myself something I truly enjoyed, I had been anti-social” (690) Why did she become a vegetarian in the first place? What are her rationales, and how does she present them? What is the relationship that Fraser posits between vegetarianism and lesbianism? How does the cartoon on 689 relate to this essay? What is Fraser’s tone throughout this piece? Is it similar to or different from the tones of the other articles in “Casebook: Vegetarianism”? Is Fraser’s choice of tone effective or ineffective?
Michael Pollan, “An Animal’s Place” (692-703) What kinds of evidence does Pollan offer in the essay’s first seven paragraphs? What is Pollan’s thesis? “…at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history” (693) What key words does Pollan repeat throughout his essay? What is a CAFO? What other forms of evidence does Pollan use to support his point? How effective or ineffective is this evidence? How do the photographs on 696 and 697 relate to Pollan’s argument? What does Pollan mean when he claims that “More than any other institution, the American industrial farm offers a nightmarish glimpse of what capitalism can look like in the absence of moral or regulatory constraint” (699)? Does Pollan endorse vegetarianism? How does he feel about it? What is Polyface Farm? Why does Pollan discuss it in his essay?