The essay starts off by giving a detailed description of the lobster. It goes in depth about the anatomy, the classification, and all sorts of random history and facts about the animal. There is a major shift in the essay a little bit before halfway through where the author addresses the main point he is making. David Foster Wallace shines light on the fact that we are boiling lobsters alive for our own gustatory pleasure and questions the fairness of the situation. People have claimed that these lobsters feel no pain, and that they do not feel it when they are placed in the boiling water. However, Wallace brings in his own points to disprove this theory and wants to make it evident that these lobsters do not enjoy being boiled by any means. It is not entirely an argumentative essay, Wallace is more so just presenting the facts and letting the reader make his/her own decision on the matter at hand. He is not trying to be too persuasive and does not seem to be forcing his opinion onto the reader. The audience seems to be very broad and there is not one specific group being targeted, however I do believe it is geared more toward younger people because of the satirical tone and also for the reason that younger people would be more likely to take his side rather than old rich people who have eaten lobster their entire lives. This essay is constructed in somewhat of a hybrid of academic mixed with mainstream and popular. Wallace includes a lot of scholarly research and facts to support his point, but also is jocular and attempts to be entertaining. Throughout the essay he takes on a somewhat playful attitude on the serious matter in order to keep the reader's attention. He makes jokes, utilizes sarcasm, and does a great job and keeping the reader involved through rhetorical questions. His purpose in writing this essay is to inform people of the truth behind lobster cooking and he hopes to persuade some people that the way we treat lobsters is selfish and wrong. He wants everyone who reads this piece to understand that these lobsters are being killed in a painful way for our pleasure, and whether one has an issue with that or not is for the individual to decide. He puts the decision on the morals of the reader rather than trying to influence it himself. Personally, I see where Wallace is coming from entirely and he brought up some very valid points I never considered. I do not consume a large amount of lobster in the first place, however this essay is definitely one that will stick with me and something I will consider next time I see it on the menu. The essay did not fully convince me to give up the fancy dish entirely, however it is not information I will completely disregard and will probably take a toll on my future seafood consumption.