Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed Essay

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed In the novel Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehnreich, there are many hurtles she must overcome to experience the life of a low income worker. She sets some ground rules for herself, such as always having a car, and starting out with a certain amount of money for her down payment on an apartment. Although the rules are doable, she admits that she broke all of the rules at least once. Even though Barbara didn't hold to her original plan, she was still able to reveal her appeals clearly. Barbara has many examples of the three appeals in the first chapter alone. Pathos, aimed at the readers feelings. Ethos, aimed at the reader to trust her because of her experiences. Logos, aimed at the readers …show more content…
She passes on this job, and later starts working as a waitress at Hearthside, a family restaurant attached to the hotel. She tells about her experience as a waitress, and flashes back to her teenage years "…I remember it leaving me bone-tired when I was eighteen, and I'm decades of varicosities and back pain beyond that now."(Ehrenreich, 13) This is an example of ethos. She tells about the side work involved, and gives credit to the real people who do these kinds of jobs everyday. It is defiantly a strain on her, and her co-workers have a lot more on their plates than she does. When she starts her first day at Hearthside, the woman training her, Gail, tells her about her life. This is the first time Ehrenreich gets a taste of the lives in low paying jobs world. "…the reason she's so tired today is that she woke up in a cold sweat thinking of her boyfriend, who was killed a few months ago in a scuffle in an upstate prison … and after he was gone she spent several months living in her truck, peeing in a plastic pee bottle and reading by candle light at night…" (Ehrenreich, 17) From then on she starts collecting information about her fellow co-workers. Gossip is like an everyday thing on the job because a lot of the reason all of the co-workers are in these positions is because they have to work low paying jobs. Ehrenreich doesn't have stories like this to tell the others so she just tells of her real life, like being divorced. When she ends up getting