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“The Sandwich Factory” is a short story written by Jason Kennedy and released in 2007. The story deals with a man who works at a sandwich factory. He is low-paid and is slowly getting tired of many things at the factory; the workers, the manager and especially the conveyor belt. We get an insight in his thoughts about not only the factory, but also his real life. The short story takes place in a sandwich factory in 1994. It seems like the typical factory, with a conveyor belt surrounded by a lot of workers, who seems to be working automatically, just like machines. At the same time, the workers are being controlled by spiteful executives. The managers are not treating the workers right though, and is rating and marking the workers, ranging from “poor” to “excellent”. Even the rating is not done properly by the managers: “Someone always has to be rated excellent; he always chooses whoever had the best legs“ (s. 2, l. 23-24). It’s very downgrading towards the workers and it is one of the things that the main character is annoyed with. It is the same thing every day, over and over again and the factory is similar to a giant mechanism operating non-stop. This is another thing that is aggravating our main character: “[…] where similarly bored and unhappy workers attended daily … “ (p. 3, l. 51-52). He seems very discontented about his job and is noticing everything that he thinks is wrong with the factory. Even the smallest things are annoying him. The hairnets, the cold tomato-slices, the other staff members. He even starts daydreaming about being rich and hiring a bunch of old, fat managers, who would push giant rocks up a homemade hill, while he would sit in a director’s chair and watch them. The daydreams are a clear signal, which shows that the job is not only affecting the main character physically, but also psychotically. It is interrupting his mind in his…...

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