Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

by Eric Schlosser
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Schlosser concludes chapter 8, "The Most Dangerous Job," recounting the trials of Kenny Dobbins. What is the effect of his placing the dramatic story at the conclusion of the chapter, rather than at the beginning? Do you see similar patterns of organization in other chapters? If so, which chapters?

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Schlosser ends chapter 8 with the story of Kenny to humanize the slaughterhouse workers in a way that describing his own experiences visiting the slaughterhouses couldn't. By telling Kenny's story after detailing the environment in which the man worked, Schlosser creates sympathy and shock in the readers over what the company did to the man who worked so hard for them. If the author had put this story at the beginning of the chapter, the impact might have been less, because the reader would have left Kenny's story behind to read about Schlosser's visits to the slaughterhouses, which would have been the thing that stuck in their mind.

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