With rhetorical techniques channeled throughout the essay, Goodman narrates the story of a man named Phil, who symbolizes the views of the corporate America and its views. Strong repetition and irony augments the vindictive tone Goodman masterfully manipulates all through the essay.
Phil, as introduced in the first paragraph, works solely for himself. "He worked himself to death is repeated several times through the essay, as well as "3:00 a.m. Sunday morning , the time and day of his death. These two repetitive phrases convey the lone stature of Phil. Emphasis on the fact that Phil, not the President or the Vice Presidents of his company