AP Language and Composition
1 August 2014
Nickel and Dimed: Serving in Florida As the chapter unfolds you can get a good sense of the author’s voice and opinions before she starts the experiment. This is important because over the course of the chapter her morals and opinions start to change as she begins to feel the pressures of working for her food and living arrangement. The author’s attitude is very expressive and she goes into detail on several occasions of how she is starting to feel about the conditions of the lower class and their labor, and also the physical strain it is putting on herself. The main idea of the chapter was to never assume simple tasks are simple. The author had issues from the beginning when trying to obtain a job and then later when getting the job, which seemed simple enough, but had conflicts with her health, the wages, the people, and time. She ended up quitting the simple job of a waitress because she couldn’t handle the pressures it came with and had to leave, nagged by her morals and disappointment. The first thoughts I had about the text were very surprising to me because I actually thought the topic was interesting and very captivating. The author’s style really motivated me to pay attention to details and the story. I also enjoyed how descriptive she is when recalling her events because it helps make the text interesting to digest.