The Sandwich Factory

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The Sandwich Factory

I will begin the assignment with an analysis and interpretation of the short story “The Sandwich Factory” by Jason Kennedy. I will include a discussion of the text, “Nice work” by David Lodge and the picture, “Relativity” by M.C. Escher. I will end the assignment with a short essay about the description of Coketown in Charles Dickens’ novel “Hard Times”.

A: The short story, “The Sandwich Factory” by Jason Kennedy from 2007 is about a man who takes a low-paid job at a sandwich factory in 1994. He experiences meaninglessness and unhappiness at the factory – which gives us a picture of his life and his unsatisfying job.

The story takes place at a sandwich factory in 1994. The employees monotonously work like robots beside conveyor belts and are controlled by the managers who run the factory. The managers do not treat the employees properly, because the workers are rated and marked from poor to excellent supposedly by their abilities. “Someone always has to be rated excellent; he always chooses whoever had the best legs.”[1] The employees are sometimes locked in the factory if there is a larger order than normal or if they are behind schedule. This is the reason for an environment where employees feel trapped and unhappy. “There were three ways to respond to being locked in … collecting more pay”[2] As a reader you get a negative look on the factory because of the narrator’s point of view. The picture “Relativity” by M.C. Escher illustrates this type of factory. A factory with many employees where they all look the same. There are no expressions on their faces and it seems that they have lost their identity as a result of the monotonous work at the factory.

The narrator is a 1st person narrator because he refers to himself as “I”. “I brushed it off (…)”[3]

Therefore we see things from the narrator’s perspective and hear his thoughts and opinions throughout the short story. His descriptions of these people are subjective and...
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