The Role Of Fast Food In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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“Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, it’s cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.” When the idea of fast food was first created, it was met with mixed reactions. White Castle and A&W--the first two fast food restaurants ever created--worked very hard to create a service that could provide meals quickly to the people around them. Customers, at first, refused to eat hamburgers because of their tarnished image influenced by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. White Castle began to change this negative image of hamburgers by preparing all meat in front of a window that customers could see through. The hamburger’s popularity skyrocketed which encouraged more customers to visit fast food restaurants.

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