Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation

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Author, Eric Schlosser, in his nonfiction exposé, “Fast Food Nation”, reveals the sickening truth about the fast food industry. Schlosser’s purpose is to expose the secrets that the fast food industry hides. Schlosser utilizes a serious tone, shocking diction, and exact details to educate his audience on the fast food industry. Throughout his book, Schlosser adopts a serious tone to communicate the facts to his audience. He closes his introduction by displaying his concern for children, due to the fact that “this is an industry that boths feed and feeds off the young” (9). He uses an appeal to pathos and a somber tone in order to state the serious effects of fast food on children. The display of serious concern appeals to the audience and urges them to read on. Schlosser proceeds to include several USDA studies (197), which not only establish his credibility, but serves to assure the readers of the content of the book. The author then ends his argument by making a comparison of drugs and food “ Far more Americans are severely harmed every year by food poisoning than illegal drug use” (264). Schlosser uses the comparison…show more content…
Schlosser stays married to the facts to present valid evidence. He reveals why McDonald’s fries taste so good “ McDonald’s cooked its french fries in a mixture of about 7 percent cottonseed oil and 93 percent beef tallow” (120). He uses percentages in order to confirm his credibility and convince the audience. He continues in a similar fashion, throughout his book. Schlosser cites USDA studies about pathogens in his ninth chapter. By giving exact percentages “ 7.5 percent of the ground beef samples taken at processing plants were contaminated with salmonella” (197), Schlosser appeals to logos and ethos to formulate his point. Schlosser presents the audience with exact details to inform them
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