Analysis Of The Book Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich Essay

1047 Words Oct 21st, 2015 5 Pages
There are many varying opinions on whether freedom or safety is more significant to survival that is reinforced with evidence seen in daily life. This evidence is found in numerous careers as well as informative documents or articles being published. In modern society, this discussion has gained popularity due to certain tragic events, causing persuasive articles to be published in which authors state their opinion on the event and its impact on society’s safety. Social critic and essayist H.L. Menken’s idea “the average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe” is portrayed in contemporary society and is supported with similar ideas found in Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, “An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality” by Nicholas Kristof, and “Senate Democrats to Renew Push for Gun Control Measures” by David M. Herszenhorn.
The book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich informs society of both the working and living conditions of low-wage workers. In Chapter 1, Ehrenreich discussed the horrid working conditions that surround low-wage workers on a daily basis. According to Ehrenreich’s study, “The kitchen is a cavern, a stomach leading to the lower intestine that is the garbage and dishwashing area, from which issue bizarre smells combining the edible and the offal: creamy carrion, pizza barf, and that unique and enigmatic Jerry’s scent, citrus fart.” (29). As portrayed in this quote, the working environment is intolerable, yet workers accept it in order to…

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