Summarising – Assignment Example
The Plot Against People” by Russell Baker in The sundance A rhetoric, reader, handbook is a case against inanimate objects. Baker (470) places inanimate objects in three categories “those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost”. According to Baker, inanimate objects are only on this earth to plague man. The degree each category of inanimate objects troubles humanity is different.
Things that break only do so when it is at the most inopportune moments. Only when an individual needs the inanimate object the most does it break. Humans are not responsible for the lifeless object’s failure or breakage. The inanimate object sole purpose of breaking is to frustrate humans.
Inanimate objects lose themselves. These lost objects move on their own to different places. Again the sole purpose of getting lost is to inconvenience the owners of the lost inert objects. Humans never lose these inanimate objects, they lose themselves.
The non-living objects that do not work are expected by humans not to work. According to Baker these objects are better accepted by humans. These objects are never meant to work, or made to only work for “a few hours” (Baker 472). Since humanity has lower expectations, the inconvenience is not as great with the objects that are not supposed to work.
Baker places the not working objects in a level over the objects that break or get lost. Humans depend on the inert objects that break or get lost, but the objects that do not work is not relied upon as much.
“The Plot Against People” by Russell Baker in The sundance writer: A rhetoric, reader, handbook is the argument about the negative aspects of inanimate objects. The negative aspects are caused by the inanimate objects alone.
Baker, R. The plot against people. In M. Connelly (Ed.) The sundance writer: A rhetoric, reader, handbook. (pp. 470-472). Boston: Thomson Heinle.