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In Fast Food Nation the Dark Side of the All-American Meal Eric Schlosser presents quite startling information His arguments are substantiated with more than adequate research and statistics but the most compelling factor in his evidence is the frequent use of examples By putting a human-interest factor in the book Schlosser makes the reader understand his arguments These examples are more than mere anecdotes used to catch the readers attention By putting a face on the issues presented in the book Schlosser illustrates the valuesand lack thereofin American society This paper will focus on the use of personal examples that Schlosser employs throughout the book by taking a look at how he uses these examples in each chapter to support his points A compelling and frequent theme of the book is the idea of Americas values The recurrence of this theme should come as no surprise Schlosser informs the reader in the Introduction of his intent This is a book about fast food the values it embodies and the world it has madeI am interested in it both as a commodity and as a metaphor Schlosser p 3 In each chapter these ideas are explored The reader is given the opportunity to process the information presented and form an educated opinion Beginning in the Introduction the reader is faced with many unexpected statistics and bold statements By referring to the industry as both a catalyst and a symptom of what Americans have come to value Schlosser prepares the reader for what is to come in the book Again and again he lures us the reader into the world of the fast food industry with his reminders that Americans do not really consider what or why theyre consuming so much fast food His use of the Air Force station and almost constant references to McDonalds starts to give a face to the issue at hand Chapter 1 sets up some basic information of how
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