An Argument Against The Fast Food Nation By Eric Schlosser

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In Fast Food Nation, the author, Eric Schlosser, creates an argument against the fast food business, how it affects people’s health or lives, its practices, and specifically exploiting how these businesses, blinded by income, overlook important issues. He details the business from its very beginnings, its evolution, and with an expansive afterword, describes what the business is like years after his book was published. Throughout his detailed descriptions and background, Schlosser uses several kinds of arguments to get his point across. Schlosser backs up all his ideas with convincing evidence, and proposes possible outcomes in the future with existing evidence. Schlosser gets to the reader using these techniques and creates a proposal argument …show more content…
This technique is most prominent in the later part of the book, in which Schlosser goes into detail on meatpacking, ranchers, and the conditions of meatpacking factories. Schlosser benefits from explaining the Beef Trust, a monopoly of meat held by 5 companies, because it gives insight on how a trust could make a cattlers life difficult. With big companies having a monopoly on meat, cattlers can’t do much to live off the meat business, and like Schlosser describes, they sell off what they can and get out of the business. This on its own is used to show the reader how the meatpacking business, with fast food behind it, can directly affect lives, tempting the reader to explore the possibilities of other ways fast food directly or indirectly changes lives. To further enhance this technique, Schlosser brings in a rancher called Hank, with whom he goes into detail on a rancher’s point of view in the business. Hank shows the care he takes in raising cattle, as opposed to the mass production the big monopolistic companies need. Rancher’s struggles with selling meat are described, and those struggles are shown from Hank firsthand. Bringing in Hank somehow makes the issue more personal, and it reaches a certain point that really resonates with the reader. That point being a detail Schlosser includes, after talking of the struggles ranchers face, which was revealing that Hank had taken his life. He goes on to say that farmer’s suicide rates are higher than the national average, and links it convincingly to the meat business, which is linked back to the fast food industry. With a reader’s high trust of Schlosser, this detail either strengthens or confirms the reader’s distrust in the fast food

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