A restaurant worker’s work is never complete: many restaurant workers feel that they are public servants because they make harsh comparisons, generalizations and arguments. Barbara Ehrenreich’s piece titled “Serving in Florida” represents the condition in which workers are treated while working in a restaurant. Ehrenreich describes this condition as unfair because she must perform duties as if they are “strictly theatrical exercises” (130). By this she means that even if there is no work left to do, the managers do not want to see workers sitting. Ehrenreich believes that she is performing in a play while she is at work because she must pretend to be doing work at all times so that the managers, who sit around, don’t yell.
Rebecca Skloot develops the idea that poverty comes with many difficult situations, in the book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". True, Henrietta and her family were poor, could barely afford their medical bills, and they didn 't get the extended care that they deserved. You will learn how being poor can change your life and what is done with it . In the book, Henrietta 's daughter, Deborah, has many medical problems and she has to spend all her money on not even all her medicine. Deborah states, "Truth be told, I can 't get mad at science because it help people live, and I 'd be a mess without it.
With Ehrenreich’s limited amount of resources, the world seems to be larger, as making her way around becomes more difficult. Throughout her journey, Ehrenreich argues that individuals working at a low wage experience the struggles of living in poverty, the degradation associated with these jobs, and intensive and physically demanding jobs. One of Ehrenreich’s most prevalent arguments is the reality that living on minimum wages is nearly impossible. Without savings, she tells how she is unable to afford an apartment because she has no money for a down payment. This requires her to live in a more expensive motel where she is also forced to buy unhealthy fast foods because she does not have a kitchen to cook in.
The people in charge have found out about Diana's little petition and they lower the pay to show that they will not raise the price back up until the rebellious behavior ceases. On page 86 lyddie talks about how the pay has gone down in the mill. The text states “while the other girls grumbled that their pay rates had gone down, so it had hardly been worth working through the summer heat. Lyddie kept her silence. That shows that herself and the others may start to waive from the petition.Lyddie is wanting to be independent and find a good job to support her family besides the mill, then she is reassured by a new friend .
The first-hand account Ehrenreich provides as a low-wage workers may not be enough to warrant the audience’s trust in her claims, so she sprinkles in actual studies/statistics to make her claims more convincing. She states “Preamble Center for Public Policy was estimating that the odds against a typical welfare recipient’s landing of a job at such a ‘living wage’ were about 97 to 1” (3). Ehrenreich’s main point is that it is very hard to get by with minimum wage, especially without any help from friends or family. Referencing a reputable source that follows her claims made through her experience makes the narration seem more trustworthy. In addition, Ehrenreich notes “rents…have to be less than 30 percent of one’s income to be considered ‘affordable’” and then cites “Housing analyst Peter Dreier” who reports that the majority of poor renters spend “50 percent of their income on shelter” (170).
Nickel and Dimed Analysis: Minorities vs Majority vs Socioeconomics In Ehrenreich’s classic “Nickel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in America,” the protagonist opens up the dialogue with admitting that she picked out her job out of laziness (Ehrenreich, 1). With the setting in Key West, Florida, the main character being Ehrenreich herself, decides to experiment with the possibilities of existing as a person on the lower terminal of the socioeconomic ladder. For her experiment, she lives in the lower rung of the ladder, becoming a waitress (Ehrenreich, 10). Based in 1996, the novel is investigating the benefits and effects of the 1996 welfare reform bill, which was considered a jugular stab to the spirit of social reform and government assistance to the hapless. What Ehrenreich realizes from the investigations is consistency in prejudice and favoritism against the poor, and a nation that is
In Why Women Still Can’t Have it all, Slaughter’s primary argument focuses on the seemingly unattainable balance between a woman’s ability to continue having a high-level profile job while keeping a stable family life. This issue comes up due to the intense time demand of each task, and whether being there for your children is more important than keeping a high level professional job. Slaughter speaks about this issue with certain examples from Washington D.C., but also includes personal examples. She explained how the more successful she became in life, the less time she had for her family, she did not even have time to go to the grocery store on time, but had to go to the stores that were “open 24 hours” for the two years she worked at
For example, in the book “ The Glass Castle” the main character Jeannette Walls had a life unlike any regular family , and her family lived a poor life and had no food or house to stay in. She dreamed about mg and living a better life, but she knew she wasn’t going anywhere. Therefore, she realized life isn’t a fairy tale ; It’s real life. She faced the fact that the only way out is to work to get money, and once she collected enough money she ran off to New York City and lived the life she wanted. Jeannette
No Nickels or Dimes To Spare In the book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich writes the story, “Serving in Florida.” She describes her experience living as an undercover waitress when in reality she’s a journalist for culture and politics with a doctorate in biology. Ehrenreich experiences trying to survive on multiple low income jobs to understand what it is like to be in their shoes instead of being apart of the higher middle class. Ehrenreich uses imagery, diction, pathos and logos to strategize her story and make it more appealing to the readers who are higher income people wanting them to understand how difficult low income life can be. Ehrenreich thoroughly illustrates her experience at the Hearthside using a metaphor. “Picture a fat person's hell, and i don't mean a place with no food.
Thesis: I believe that Ehrenreich’s thesis is that no matter how hard you work or how chipper you act, it is nearly impossible to make a living for oneself in minimum wage conditions such as those of her coworkers. Narration: Narration is present on page 765 where through the narrator we are told Gail’s story about how her husband died and her what has led up to her current situation. Report: Paragraph 2 is an example of report writing where she details the types of housing in the area and the possible houses she can afford because she is being illustrative and informational about the topic of real estate in Key West. Analysis: The section on pages 771-772 is an analysis because she is breaking down the housing situations of her coworkers based upon her prediction of their salaries. She analyzes their situations compared to her coworker’s behavior at work.
She started working at micron business management. She is currently working at the Welfare Program. She did not like working on the farm. One advice she gave us is that there are times we are not feeling good with the jobs we have but one advice is to keep it if that job is worth it because she told about her experience and how she lost one because she did not feel good working there. The second presenter was judge Sergio Gutierrez.
In the quarter towards midway of The Street, Ann Petry describes how African American’s lived in poverty as well as faced racism. Petry portrays Lutie not “[seeing] anything at all but 116th Street and a job that paid barely enough for food and rent and a handful of clothes” (Petry 147). Petry is showing her readers that Lutie is not getting paid a fair amount in order to pay for her living conditions as well as her son Bub. She as well creates a feeling of poverty that lives amongst 116th Street which creates a more sentimental feeling to her readers. Petry as well shows that in 117th Street, “Lutie looked at each store, closely reacting to it as violently as though she had never seen it before” (Petry 152).
The author, Barbara Mujica, uses her niece’s school experience in Florida as an example of what not to do with bilingual education. Mujica’s niece called her feeling very upset about the decisions she had to make with her athletic scholarship, because her comprehension and writing skills in English were deficient. Although her niece had lived in Miami most of her life the environment was equipped to service people in foreign languages. During Mujica’s visit she observed this first hand; businesses, not just teaching, were conducted in Spanish. People and business think they are helping those who do not speak English, but in actuality it may be doing them a disservice.
Everyone at Jerry’s was chugging ibuprofens to relieve the physical strain put on their body. Throughout “Serving in Florida” there is minimal acknowledgement of the positives because Ehrenreich believes there wasn’t many to share, the staff wasn’t that great to make memories with, the customers were rude, and the work was difficult to accept and keep up. She thought that no one with a degree should sink so low to work at a place like Jerry’s because it was expected that you should be working at a fancier, quality job. Eighner’s experiences were different from Ehrenreich’s, his work was more difficult, yet he believes it to be privilege to be good
In the article, “Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor”, Bell Hooks, Gloria Watkins penname, conveys three important things about the lower class: The ways people of lower class are treated in our society, how the mass media portrays them, and how people of lower-class see themselves. People who are poor or near the poverty line are often not represented properly in our current society. Furthermore, when hooks attended Stanford University, she noticed that many of her peers and even professors would make judgements about the poor. In addition, while many of her peers could go home during the breaks, Hooks couldn’t because she could not afford to visit family. Hooks also mentions how she bonded with the cleaning lady because she