Essay on Barbara Ehrenreich 's Nickel And Dimed

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This textual analysis will define the first-person testimonial ethos of the working classes through the experimental experiences of Barbara Ehrenreich’s in Nickel and Dimed. Ehrenreich provides a ethos-based theoretical evaluation of the working classes through by pretending to be a member of the working class, and also by providing a testimony of her experiences in this working environment. This testimonial defines the historical perspective of Ehrenreich’s own economic awareness of poverty, yet also within the social and class-based lessons that she learns about the working poor from direct experience. Ehrenreich learns gratitude and compassion for the working poor, which also exposes the unethical and immoral aspects of capitalism in the United States. In essence, a textual analysis of the testimonial ethos of the working poor will be defined in Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.
Ehrenreich wrote this book to perform a first person experiment on the working conditions of women in the lower classes. More so, Ehrenreich sought to redefine her won experiences as a woman from the middle upper classes/upper classes in order to better understand what women in the lower classes have to endure with low paying jobs. However, Ehrenreich focuses on the larger struggles of the working classes in addition to her own experiences as a woman, which broaden the overarching argument related to myths about the “laziness” and “unskilled” aspects of low-income labor in the United States.…

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