Eric Schlosser’s novel Fast Food Nation provides a deep insight into the systematic and unified world of the fast food industry. From the title alone, readers develop a clear sense of the author’s intention for writing this book. Schlosser’s purpose for writing the novel is to raise awareness about the impact and consequences of fast food industries on society. The purpose of the novel is achieved by the author’s use of personal stories, and by relating fast food to various aspects of society.
The invasion of fast food is hard to overlook and its domineering power can penetrate the utmost formidable barriers. Despite the million dollar security system in place at the Cheyenne Mountain military base, fast food deliveries frequently infiltrate the base with its readily made cheap goods (Schlosser 2). Schlosser’s input of the scenario shows audiences that the fast food industry wield greater power than the American military. With that mindset implanted, Schlosser can freely explore and expose the facades of the industry’s power.
Schlosser dedicates majority of the novel to the meatpacking industries and its close, intimate relationship with the fast food industry. Over the last fifty years, meatpacking have gone from being a well-paid and desirable position, to a minimum wage labor supplied mainly by illiterate, illegal immigrants (Schlosser 154). A new meatpacking system integrated in the 1960s quickened production rate by implanting the ideology of the assembly line and thus ridding of skilled, well paid professionals. The change in status was prompted by fast food industry’s high demand and support (Schlosser 154). Although the system proves to be effective for the automobile empire, it is ineffective and unsanitary for meatpacking. The only benefit that results from this system is the tremendous rise in profit for the greedy industry and its executives. In the rush of the production line, workers often neglect to fully strip the carcasses. The products that are shipped to consumers’ stomachs are a combination of meat, bones, tendons, and various other curious objects. Schlosser’s focus on the meatpacking industry shows that the Fast Food Corporation can influence the food that people want to eat, influence the way it is produce, and influence an industry’s rise in power and wealth.
Due to the rise in wealth and power, meatpacking industries can now easily escape the consequences of its action without much harm. To demonstrate this uncontrolled tyranny, the author use many personal stories from the unfortunate workers of the meatpacking industry. Kenny Dobbin devoted sixteen years of his life breaking bones and sweat to what he thought was an honest profession at a meatpacking plant in Iowa (Schlosser 187). Sixteen years passed...