Works Cited Rhetorical Strategies Eric Schlosser uses a wide variety of rhetorical strategies to strengthen his arguments throughout the novel. Listed below is a list of these strategies, how they are used, and examples of each.
Schlosser notes the high, cold sky outside and contrasts it with the industrial horror inside. This chapter presents some of the most disturbing images and descriptions in the book—and they are all the more disturbing for being real, for taking place in the world—for affecting people in the meatpacking industry throughout the Great Plains region.
Active Themes Schlosser notes that, although a great number of machines have been introduced to the meatpacking process over the past decades, the different sizes of cattle mean that the most important cuts—unlike in the chicken industry, where poultry are bred to be roughly the same size—must be performed by hand, with knives.
Schlosser notes that some plants today now slaughter cattle an hour, up from cattle an hour only two decades previous.
Because profit margins for meatpacking are so low—because, in other words, increased technological efficiencies in production of meat make meat easier to package and sell—plants must now push workers to the brink, to extract every penny of profit.
But this speed has consequences. For workers, it means lots of quick cuts with knives in close quarters. And for the cattle, it means a great deal of slaughter, of blood-letting, also in close quarters. Because of the speed of the line, worker injuries are common, and workers have very little sick leave, meaning that many continue to work hurt, and are encouraged by supervisors to do just that.
Taking drugs is one way—although, of course, drugs might make employees less able to cut safely, or to do an adequate job. That, coupled with the health effects of sustained drug use over time, contributes to some of the major challenges for labor in the current meatpacking industry.
Active Themes Some of the worst jobs at meatpacking plants are those of cleaning-crew workers, who come in late at night, and must rinse out the fetid plants with a degree mixture of chemical solvents and water.
Schlosser has a keen eye for parts of the labor economy that might not necessarily appear to those quickly glancing over a factory. For many, a tour through the meatpacking plant might foreground those working with knives, or near enormous chopping machines.
But Schlosser digs deeper, and notes that there is a job at the plant even lower on the wage scale—and even less safe—than working on the line. Schlosser is clearly horrified by the dangers to which cleaning crews are exposed. Of course, friendliness is a euphemism: The plants argue, for their part, that they can regulate themselves—but, as Schlosser points out, this is far from the case, for plants have no economic incentive to spend extra money to make themselves safe.
Active Themes Schlosser states that OSHA is essentially in the pocket of meatpacking plants, aided by a government oversight system that, because it does not monitor plants directly, cannot offer effective discipline to keep plants safe.
But, as Schlosser implies, if companies were held financially responsible for people hurt while on the job, then companies would have every incentive to make themselves safer—and this would help the workers in the plant.
Hence, again, the role of government as a regulator for businesses is a key one. Active Themes Schlosser closes the chapter by describing the various injuries suffered over several decades by a man named Kenny, a meatpacking employee.
Schlosser makes sure, throughout the book, to track the human toll of the industries he describes. Schlosser ends the chapter on this chilling note as a way of underscoring just how insensitive to worker needs meatpacking plants can be.
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R. Simplot, the founder of modern day french fries, started as a meager eighth grade drop-out potato farmer. Fast Food Nation Chapters 5 8 Rhetorical Analysis "Fast Food Nation:" A Rhetorical Analysis In Eric Schlosser's book, "Fast Food Nation", the author presents an in depth analysis of the fast food industry, from its origin of Southern California to its ubiquitous manifestation of today's culture.
Schlosser argues that the fast food industry has used its political influence as a way of. Fast Food Nation Here are five significant quotes and their explanations from Chapter Two of Fast Food Nation. The first is "The Disneyesque tone of the museum reflects, among other things. Essay 2: Rhetorical Analysis Project: Fast Food Nation Hoffman Length: 3 pages Due Date: 3/8, 3/11 or 3/13 Analyze the rhetorical conventions used in the documentary film, Fast Food Nation.
The film is an adaptation of the novel written by Eric Schlosser who also co-wrote the screenplay. Food Inc.: A Rhetorical Analysis Food Inc., a documentary film produced by Robert Kenner and based on Eric Schlosser's book Fast Food Nation, is designed to inform the American people of the food industry’s sinister side.
The film paints the food industry in a more realistic light. Analysis like comment share By: Emily Macoul Fast Food Nation Analysis Schlossers use of rhetorical devices within Fast Food Nation only made his claims against the fast food industry worth reading and worth really thinking about.
His use of ethos attacked the credibility of the franchises and the government.