The Sandwich Factory

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The sandwich factory
In the short-story The Sandwich Factory by Jason Kennedy, we are shown the negative sides of the work in a factory. We get an insight through an unnamed narrator. The narrator works, obviously, at a sandwich factory. The theme of the story is very vague, if existing at all. What might be a clue to the theme is that the work that is being done at the factory is something a machine easily could do, so something with the view of factory workers.
It isn’t really the best job he could think of, but after being fired from the last one, he takes the job at the factory even though the pay is bad. The narrator seems like a rather intelligent person in contradiction to the ones you find at factories; he listens to Joy Division and read novels originally written in Japan, which tells me that he is too clever to be fit for the monotonous work the factory provides him with. This certainly isn’t his goal in life. As the story is told from the eyes of the narrator, it is also tainted with his views and thoughts. We know the narrator is a man as he says, “I had zero confidence with women anyway” in line 96, and the elderly lady at the factory, Dot wishes to find a girl for him amongst the female workers. Again we see the narrator differing from the rest of the workers, as he allows himself to be shy towards girls instead of looking down their tops (lines 109-110 ). He is more humane. I think we are given a picture of what happens if you should happen to stay in the factory for too long. Here, I’m referring to the flailing madman. On a side note it might be worth to notice that the madman is a forklift-driver(they are highly respected and awed by the workers) and that being this probably will make you insane. This is understandable, though seeing as the workers are being treated as mindless slaves. Just thinking the managers would lock up the workers -and…...

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