Critical Response: Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich After reading about Ehrenreich's experience one of my first observations was that working a minimum wage job not only had a physical toll on your body but also an emotional toll. While working at both hotels Ehrenreich and her coworkers became emotionally numb to working. It was just a routine, they were going through the motions. Through her observations and her coworkers situations Ehrenreich found that a minimum wage job can barely support one or two people. Most of her coworkers from Hearthside live with other people in less than ideal living situations.
George Orwell does not see a difference in beggars who live on the streets and working people. He believes beggars shouldn’t be looked down on because they don’t have jobs. Abani, Hughes, and Orwell all claim that society pressures people into believing certain things and acting in certain ways by, making people learn from others mistakes, pressuring humans into doing what others do, and
Women have had fewer rights than men for a long time. They get paid significantly less and are often seen as objects to claim or do house chores. Sandra Cisneros has written a story that takes the reader through a neighborhood of women who are beat-down. But, through the characterization of Esperanza and Sally in “The House on Mango Street”, Cisneros has portrayed the importance of being an autonomous individual and not falling into gender roles. Esperanza illustrates the importance of independence because of her unique characteristics.
Edna’s refusal to follow and obey social conventions, allows her to spend her time on painting and sketching. And with Leonce and the children’s absence, Edna branches off even further buying her own house and sustaining herself with a small income from her paintings. This allows Edna to gain even more independence from her household, children, and spouse, to the point that she has gone against the female submission rule in societies conventions. On the other hand, Adele is obedient and submissive to her household, husband, and children, rarely leaving the premise of her house. Because of Adele being the “mother-woman”(p.8) and following societies conventions, she is granted very little freedom as she can’t leave her house because of the duties she is expected to complete on a day to day basis.
She did not also care much about Bobinot. Clarisse was not selfish. She sacrifices to leave her husband and visited her friends in Biloxi. Calixta was a hardworking woman. She spends most of her time at home doing all chores as housewife (338).
Men and women live different lives, they’re raised differently in many ways.The usual stereotype that comes with women is that women spend all of their time in the kitchen or taking care of kids and stuff around the house while the men are out working trying to provide for the family. In House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros shows the idea that gender is an important aspect to life; this becomes clear to readers when the standards of men and women are different according to society. Women seem to be in a way invisible to the majority of the world. When you think about a company the main boss usually turns out to be a man. See in this world Women are seen as caretakers or as fragile things.
In the novel The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck you see how the people and how the environment change. The changes within the people are different you have women finally getting a say just like ma Joad had done. Ma is introduced as a woman who knowingly and happily fulfills her role as the fortress of the family. She is the healer of the family’s ills and the arbiter of its arguments, and her ability to perform these tasks grows as the novel progresses. At first she is quiet and does what the men want her to which is cook, take care of the kids, etc.”She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken.
The women of the feminine mystique had the choice to become a housewife or obtain a career, although they were pressured by society to adopt the latter, the element of choice was still there for them. It was the difference between what they thought their lives would be and the actual reality which led women to develop discontent, depression and ‘the problem with no name’ . It was this element of choice and the usage of it to the full potential which ties Friedan and Sanger close together, the women of Sanger’s time were limited with their choice for family planning and the lack of knowledge held them back due to child rearing requirements. For the women of the fifties Friedan felt that they were not using their freedom of choice to the full potential and should instead
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.
However, after I have took the course I notice that it is a big problem which can affect my mother psychologically health and her job satisfy. Therefore, I choose her as my interviewee so that I can know about her problem more and also to use what I have learned to help her. From the interview, my mother told me that there is one period of time when she is not actually happy with her work life because she cannot get along with her teammates and her leader; however, she has no problem with her assigned work. Her problem prove the
Also, the choice of occupation for Tiana is limited to cook, waitress, and domestics in the 1920s (Jacqueline, 1985). At the beginning of the movie, it clearly reveals Tiana’s occupation — a waitress who has two shifts a day with few tips in her apron. This scene reflects the historical circumstance of working-black women to a certain extent. Historically, most working-class black women could only do the low-paid jobs, since skilled industrial work is dominated by the white working-class (Jacqueline, 1985). They have to keep working to make
100. How & Effect: Ehrenreich incorporates her personal experiences as a waitress and a maid into her rhetorical devices. The effect is that the readers are able to clearly visualize the horrendous working conditions and everyday struggle that Ehrenreich and many low-wage workers go through. Why: These devices
In Anne-Marie Slaughter article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” she gives her reasons for her opinions by telling us, the readers her life story of balancing a family and a career. Slaughter is a working mother with a career. She has a husband and children at home and a career in another state which makes it hard her to see them. Being away from her children it makes it hard for Slaughter to parent her boys because she always at work.
Overall, Maya Angelou’s poem “ woman work” asks readers to see past their own interests and to see how women actually feel about working at home and at work. Maya Angelou tells us women to do something for our self’s most people would consider it selfish, but it is also selfish of the person she does that work for because she doesn’t get anything for herself not even rest, women can take their freedom as they it comes and take their chances to live life to the fullest without worrying about everything around the house if only someone was to help her out. Now a day 's life changed and women and men have the same equal rights unlike Angelou’s time, but women still work at home more than men ever will. Maya Angelou’s poem expresses a commanding tone and pleading at the same time telling them I am a human too I need a break