"Serving in Florida" by Barbara Ehrenreich, is an effective essay derived from Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. This essay is a personal reflection of Ehrenreich's experiences working "under- cover" in low paying, blue collar jobs in Florida. This essay is a descriptive narrative that shows how hard it is for low paid, working class Americans, to make it in the world. Ehrenreich vividly describes her experiences and sends a message to the reader that many working class Americans live in harsh, sub-human conditions. People living in this situation do not have the opportunity to succeed, and are stuck in a downward spiral of increasing poverty and despair. The essay reveals the sad truth that many people take for granted what they have in life. It reminds the reader that there are Americans living in horrible conditions, who are unable to afford the simple necessities in life; like new pants for work, or a decent meal. Ehrenreich demonstrates through her personal experience, that it is almost impossible to survive on the wages a low paid American works for. "Serving in Florida" is extremely effective because Ehrenreich places the reader in the shoes of poor Americans, by narrating her personal experience about the subject. The fact that Ehrenreich left her "privileged" lifestyle to conduct this experiment, connects with the reader on a personal level. In essence, Ehrenreich's experience proves that this situation can happen to anyone. It brings a sense of reality to the subject, and has a far greater effect then if Ehrenreich had used statistics alone to prove her point. In addition, first hand experience gives Ehrenreich undisputable credibility on the subject. The author paints a realistic picture of the conditions through her use of colorful and straight forward language. The reader is instantly submerged into the environment and is given the opportunity to experience the conditions with a sympathetic point of
English 102, Section 601
Dr. Jun Zhao
First Draft of Rhetorical Essay
23 July 2009
Rhetorical Analysis of “Idiot Nation”
When thinking of the United States one would[may?] conjure up imagines of happy people, greener grass, freedom, and of course, opportunity. However an uncommon thing that one would think of America is a land of dumb people.[little confusing word choice] Yes, that’s right, Americans having less than average intelligence. In “Idiot Nation,” Michael Moore offers….
Submitted by; C. Giuliano
Answers to questions 1-4 in the Close Reading “ Sister Flowers “
1. Paragraph #1. “ Then, I met, or rather got to know, the lady who threw me my first life line” The dominant Impression was that she intends on describing the person in her life that saved her from a traumatic event by mentoring her and that she highly respected and looked up to her which made it that much more gratifying.
2. She admires her, educated tongue, her graceful walk….
I could drift along like this, in some dreamy proletarian idyll, except for two things. One is management. If I have kept this subject on the margins thus far it is because I still flinch to think that I spent all those weeks under the surveillance of men (and later women) whose job it was to monitor my behavior for signs of sloth, theft, drug abuse, or worse. Not that managers and especially "assistant managers" in low-wage settings like this are exactly the class enemy. In….
Serving in Florida is an essay written by Barbara Ehrenreich that is a first-hand experience by the author in the world of working minimum wage jobs. The author tried to balance two low paying jobs in order to make ends meet. Ehrenreich mainly uses pathos, or the emotional appeal, in her essay to persuade young adults to go to college and strive for high paying jobs and uses ethos, the ethical appeal as the secondary rhetorical appeal in her essay to convince her readers that she is indeed a credible….
decomposing lemon wedges, and water-logged toast crusts; sounds like the typical garbage can. Would anyone believe that these phrases apply to a run-down restaurant in the middle of Florida? Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover at a local fast food diner known as Jerry’s to investigate life as a blue-collar laborer, serving to customers arriving in “human waves” (Ehrenreich 180). It is throughout her journey working for both Jerry’s and a factory known as Hearthside that she learns the difficulties faced….
wage. Ms Ehrenreich had always been interested in poverty. As the result of the new law, people would be expected to leave welfare and get jobs, sounds good. Unfortunately, the jobs they were able to get really didn’t pay enough to live on. Serving in Florida is about her experience as waitress trying to make ends meet just like millions of Americans do everyday. The overall message of the story is that wages in America are too low and rents are too high.
Single people and especially families cannot….
A young man from a poor background earned fame and fortune after saving a child. Dick was a black boot who earned enough only to survive half a day. He was offered a financial support, but Dick refused to accept the money from Fosdick. Dick saved a child who fell over the side of the water. Surprisingly, it turned out that the child’s father rewarded Dick with the job he always wanted. Even though the father of the child knows that Dick has a peculiar way of speaking and often use of slang terms….
States. Lacking money and basic necessities like food, shelter, clothes, education and healthcare are the goods necessary to live a decent life; however not everyone has access to these luxury. In Serving Florida, Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover as a waitress and housekeeper in Key West Florida, and to live the life of a low socio-economic class. She discovers that it is not financially viable to live off just the minimum wage. She even had to get two jobs to survive. In On Dumpster Diving….
government, it is unfortunately false. The idea that everybody has equal individual opportunity is a myth because social classes and social inequalities restrict individuals from pursuing the American dream. Barbara Ehrenreich, in her text “Serving in Florida,” highlights the inequalities and….
In the three essays that we were assigned to read have connections. In “Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich, she decided to work in low paying jobs that pay minimum wage. An example of this is when it states “the multinational mélange of cooks; the dishwashers, who are all Czechs here” (364). This example relates to Diana Kendall when it states, “The working class and the working poor do not fare much better than the poor and homeless in media representations” (428). These quotes express how….