Analysis Of Fast Food Nation

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Eric Schlosser’s novel Fast Food Nation was published on January 17, 2001 (a second edition was later published in 2002) in New York, USA. The novel has 252 pages and continues to page 383 to provide the reader with an epilogue, photo credits, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, and an index. The novel follows the fast food epidemic from its beginning in the 1950s to its current and future impact on America and the rest of the world.
The first section of the novel, “The American Way”, introduces the reader to the origins of fast food in southern California and how the industry has innovated and changed since then to become an international power. Advances in technology allowed businessmen get cheap labor, cheap ingredients and almost effortlessly
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He wanted to prove to his audience that the goals of the consumer are not the same as the goals of the producers. The investigation went as far as to prove that the goal of fast food industries is merely to make money off cheap, greasy, and addictive meals. Schlosser expressed his concern about the impact of fast food on the economy and society, especially with children around the world who are targeted through advertisements and toys. He ends the introduction by saying “You are what you eat” (10) iconic because he proceeds to criticize and downgrade the quality and sanitation of the meatpacking industries and assembly lines in fast food …show more content…
The theme of ‘place’ was used by Schlosser to vividly describe the horrors of the fast food industry especially in the slaughterhouses in order to help the reader imagine what he was seeing. As he investigates a slaughterhouse he investigates with all of his senses: “the kill floor is hot and humid, it stinks of manure” (170). He successfully uses words to connect his observations to the readers’ senses. The themes of movement and human/ environmental interactions go hand in hand throughout the novel. As fast food restaurants ran out of markets in the United States, they began to look at foreign countries for new customers. Since the 1940s, when the fast food industry began to flourish, transportation of people and goods became much easier. For that reason, the theme of movement is meant to explain the connection of the movement of good, ideas, and people to the change in diet in the United States and other countries. Fast food has caused an epidemic of obesity to take over the world, as restaurants were able to transport frozen, fat-saturated food the rate of obesity has increased at an alarming rate. The theme of human/ environment interactions is used throughout the novel to assist Schlosser in his argument against the fast food industry. Nationally and internationally the fast food industry looks for cheap land, cheap products, and cheap

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