The amount of time spent with something will change your views and thinking, that is what Barbara Ehrenreich and Lars Eighner share in their papers. Both had low status jobs after having a college education and their work is similar, yet opposites in some ways. The difference is that in Ehrenreich’s, “Serving in Florida”, she believes that restaurant waitressing jobs are degrading to workers because she only had one experience for research and had to stick with it for a short time that she chose, it was unnecessary work to her. While in Eighner’s, “On Dumpster Diving”, he thinks of them as a privilege and enjoyable because he had no other choice than his line of work, he had to put up with being homeless for 3 years to survive without any help.
On page 23 it states, “But Lori began to see New York as a sort of Emerald City-this glowing, bustling place at the end of a long road where she would become the person she was meant to be.” This illustrates upon the idea of New York becoming a place of security for Lori because she knew she could prosper there and it could become something that she would really enjoy and something different than from what she is used. This further plots the idea of security being more important than freedom to the Walls children because they would rather would move away from the chances of maintaining their freedom than having no security of a normal life at all. New York, in a way, was Lori’s security of a normal life and she chose that over whatever freedom she had back in the past. Lori speaks out for the necessity of security that was needed in the family, for she went out and found her own nous of security. This proving overall that Lori thought having a sense of security of a normal life was more
Joseph’s Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces is a valuable novel for college students because it allows the reader to apply common elements in mythic adventures that easily connect and explain the journey of the protagonist. In Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, offers an excellent example of The Hero’s Journey. The book follows Janie Mae Crawford on her adventure in finding herself. The adventure is described within three main steps that make up The Hero’s Journey; the departure, the initiation, and the return. Through these steps, we follow Janie as she leaves her known world and travels into the unknown world.
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
I have met Eva on my day off, Ellen introduced me to her and we shared many of the same issues including being underpaid and overworked. The treatment I got in your household was fairly good however the workload was too much too handle and I was not being paid enough compared to other maids in the North Midlands. About a week ago on Friday I ran into Eva Smith on my day off in the farmers market, she looked like she have gained weight, tired and miserable I asked how she felt and if she was okay. She answered “the Birlings have fired me twice, stopped my living and many things I refuse to mention for the well being of someone very dear to my heart, may God make justice is all i say”. Staying alive and healthy is becoming harder and more expensive by the day yet my wage have not increased a penny, I have kids to take care of, to feed, a husband that takes care of my children and to him I must monthly deliver my wage
Shipler’s writing made me look back on my life and feel compassion for those that interviewed. To read some of the struggles that working poor face daily was overwhelming like working odd hours at low rates like Caroline and how she decided to have her teeth removed to get dentures paid by the state only to find out how ill-fitting they were and she couldn’t wear them or life as migrant worker in the fields of North Carolina; which one of my co-workers is from a small town next to Mt. Olive. When I was talking to her about the chapter regarding her hometown area and the housing conditions where the migrant workers lived. What she described was similar to what Shipler stated if not a little worse.
Once Phoebe stops trying to find the love of her life and starts pushing to be a better person. Phoebe life changes as friends disappear and she makes new ones from her job and ability to help people. Phoebe finds the love of her life in the least likely spot. Phoebe pushed me to do my best by never giving up no matter what happens in life. Everything in life is a pushing reason to strive forward.
I just finished Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed and it really heartwarming to read. Cleverly Subtitle “ How (Not) To Get By In America,” The book is about Ehrenreich’s “adventures” in survival as a member of the low- wage workforce that serves our meals, cleans our homes, and cares for our elderly. The book divvied into three sections, each of which find’s Ehrenreich in a new location, looking for new work and a place to live., she took the job as a waitress at one restaurant before moving to a busier one attached to hotel. But exhaustion (and accompanying pain) got to her and she ended up with
However the players who were insistent on staying had seen an elevation in the team’s performance. Luma then wanted to start her own business, she got aid from the some of her players mothers at the YMCA and a group of investor, and in 2003 Luma started Ashton’s. Sadly Ashton’s wasn’t as successful as Luma hoped. Luma started working more hours due to the lack of money. One day on one of Luma’s trips
Both had desired dreams of a new life and reluctant hearts to leave behind their loved ones. Vicente and Maria needed the push to continue onwards as their journey to Florida was within reach, even if it did hurt physically and mentally, inside and outside. Looking back at the harshness of the environment, the heartbreak of being separated from your family, the pain from your body, and the alien feeling of being in an unfamiliar setting are all what one would go through when migrating to a new state. A human being is a beautiful flower, blossoming as time progresses on until the time comes of being uprooted from your birth place, and a migrating bird waiting to spread their wings and take flight with the vast population towards the sight of a new location to take refuge in. My father was the beautiful flower and my mother was the migrating bird, both of who traveled to Florida and lived their lives as of present