Today everyone wants to be something, they want to achieve something. They want to be successful and have an important and interesting job but some people don’t get that far. They end up working in factories, acting like machines hour after hour, doing meaningless repetitive tasks and losing their individuality. In Jason Kennedy’s short story “The Sandwich Factory’ we are introduced to just such a guy who works like a machine in a factory doing the same thing every single day… The short story is written from the mall characters perspective which Is a very absurd and humorously mint of view.
He has tried to get a Job at the bowling alley but was rejected, so now he is stuck with a low-paid job at the sandwich factory. Throughout the story he says how much he dislikes his Job and what his surroundings are like. He looks upon every single thing in the factory as useless and everything irritates him. When he talks about the workers at the so-called tomato-slicing factory, he says that they are “similar bored and unhappy This tells us that he Is living an unhappy and boring life since he uses the word similar. The entire story takes place n 1994 in a factory located in England where you are introduced to some of the employees.
One of them is “mad kid”, who the main character dislikes very much. He calls him mad since he frequently waves a knife around as he is on his way home. The main character seems mentally ill in some cases and this makes me think that the “mad kid” Is Just a part of his imagination. On page three, II. 40-44, he asks himself If the mad kid Is behind him and he has to feel his back to make sure that he has not been stabbed. He also mentions a coworker who always looks surprised hen he talks to him. I think the coworker is afraid of him since he is acting weird. He may also just have a sick sense of humor.
Throughout the story he makes fun of everything and everybody. He might be so bored that he is forced to make everything seem fun. He makes fun of the managers, trainers and of the female coworker’s name Dot, and even makes fun of her age. Dot is a fifty-year old woman who likes showing a little skin to her coworkers. She wants the mall character to meet girls and tries to hook him up with another girl who works at the sandwich factory. At the end of the Tory the main character gets “hypnotized” by the conveyor belt, which transports the sandwiches. He then faints. He was so bored and could not take it anymore.
He was tired of doing the same thing every single day and being treated like a machine. He tells us about the sandwich factories locations, where the employees get locked in if they are behind schedule or have a bigger order than usual – In situations such as these the employees gain a whit of power. They can work faster and get It over with or work slower, get paid more and enjoy annoying the managers. The employees’ resistances are not good. They do the same thing over and over again and if you belong to the lowest rank on the assembly line, you get the tomato-job.
They are treated like mindless slaves. In David Lodge’s novel “Nice Work” he writes about other factory-worker’s circumstances. One of the main characters in his story called Robin Is vaulting a factory and he wants the managing director to move the employees around colonially, so teen ah not get teller AT long ten same thing all cay. IT teen did that in this factory and in the sandwich factory the workers would probably be ore committed to their work. The managing director’s answer is that “they prefer it this way… F they were smart enough to get bored, they wouldn’t be doing this in the first place”(al. 14-16). He sees his employees as stupid and according to him, the main character in The Sandwich Factory must be clever, since he is bored at work. In a still from Charlie Chaplain’s movie Modern Times from 1936, a man is shown stuck in gear wheels. The machine is controlling him and not the other way around. This is similar to The Sandwich Factory, where the sandwich machines are controlling the employees and the managers treat the machines as the most important things while the employees are Just secondary.
To sum it up, the story illustrates the life of factory workers and how they are looked down upon, which also is shown in the related texts and images. B) A figure of speech, such as a metaphor or a simile, is “an expression or comparison that relies not on its literal meaning, but rather on its connotations and suggestions”. Charles Dickens uses such figures of speech in his short story Hard Times. He uses them to create pictures in our mind and make his sentences more understandable. The steam-engine worked monotonously up and down, like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness”(al. -8) is a perfect example for such. Here he uses the elephant as a simile for the steam-engine and makes it easier to visualize. Dickens also uses figures of speech to compare things in the text. “But, as matter stood it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of savage” (II. 2-3) Here he compares the town with something barbaric and dark. Dickens uses metaphors and similes throughout his story and they are very helpful for the reader, as it helps the reader gain the full understanding of the text.