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Fast Food Nation by Hannah pohorelsky

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By Eric Schlosser Fast Food Nation: American investigative journalist
tracked migratory farm hands in the California harvest, spent time with meatpackers in Texas and Colorado, and researched and made reports on marijuana cultivators and hate crime victims. Rhetorical Triangle Eric Schlosser Speaker: Eric Schlosser Appeals to Ethos Schlosser is a very experienced reporter, he has researched and written articles/books on multiple subjects.
It took him nearly 4 years to compile all of the material he used in Fast Food Nation.
Appeals to Pathos Shlosser incorporates a collection of anecdotes and narration in the book
Some evoke sympathy, disgust, or shock in the reader


Rhetorical Devices Juxtaposition: “A generation ago, three-quarters of the money used to buy food in the United States was spent to prepare meals at home. Today about half of the money used to buy food is spent at restaurants--mainly at fast food restaurants.” (4)

Imagery: "You can smell Greeley, Colorado, long before you can see it. The smell is hard to forget but easy to describe, a combination of live animals, manure, and dead animals being rendered into dog food..."(149)

Similes/Metaphors: ". . .a group of cattle approach me , looking me straight in the eye, like dogs hoping for a treat. . ." (172) Appeals to Logos Modes of Writing The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Audience: American
consumers Subject:
Development of the fast food industry over time and the negative effects it has on society "One night I visit a slaughterhouse somewhere in the High Plains"
"I put on a hardhat and climb a stairway"
(pg 169)
""... progressed to diarrhea that filled a hospital toilet with blood... drilling holes in his skull to relieve pressure, inserting tubes in his chest to keep him breathing, as Shiga toxins destroyed his internal organs... Toward the end, Alex suffered hallucinations and dementia, no longer recognizing his mother or father. Portions of his brain had been liquified..."(200) Much of the book consists of facts and statistics
Following each anecdote there is always a list of information which backs up everything stated
“Many slaughterhouse workers make a knife cut every two or three seconds, in which adds up to about 10,000 cuts during an eight-hour shift. If the knife has become dull, additional pressure is placed on the worker's tendons, joints, and nerves." (173) Process Analysis Narration Exemplification Compare/Contrast Cause and Effect Schlosser uses this to explain many of the processes within fast food production.
"Workers stand on belts. . .riding them like moving sidewalks. . .They get under tables and conveyor belts, climbing right into the bloody muck, cleaning out grease, fat, manure, leftover scraps of meat. . ." applied throughout the novel to provide personal example and first hand information "Every Saturday Elisa Zamot gets up at 5:15 in the morning. It's a struggle, and her head feels groggy. . .By 5:30 Elisa's showered. . .and put on her McDonald's uniform. . ." (67) "A brief description of some cleaning-crew accidents over the past decade says more about the work and the danger than any set of statistics. . .Richard Skala was beheaded by a dehiding machine. . .Carlos Vincente. . .was pulled into the cogs of a conveyor belt. . ." (178) "Much like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) responsible for causing AIDS, the E.coli 0157:H7 bacterium is a newly emerged pathogen whose spread has been facilitated by recent social and technological changes." (196)

Schlosser explains many of the elements in his book by comparing or contrasting them with elements that may be more familiar to the audience. "The IBP revolution has been directly responsible for many of the hazards that meatpacking workers now face. One of the leading determinants of the injury rate at a slaughterhouse today is the speed of the disassembly line. The faster it runs, the more likely that workers will get hurt." (173) How does this book relate to YOU? Next time you are at a fast food restaurant, take the time to stop and think about where that burger and fries came from and what it can do to you before you eat it! CENTRAL CLAIM: Fast food has transformed many aspects of America by destroying areas of its landscape, broadening the division between the rich and the poor, encouraging an "epidemic of obesity", and altering food production. Definition Schlosser defines many terms that may not be known to the audience "throughput. . . [is] the most important aspect of mass production systems. A factory's throughput is the speed and volume of its flow. . ." (68)
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