Barbara Ehrenreich's "Struggle" to Live the Life of a Low Income Worker

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Barbara Ehrenreich 's "Struggle" to Live the Life of a Low Income Worker 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 …show more content…
They are all sad, and some even shocking. When you read about the separate experiences you are happy that you aren 't in those positions, but you feel for the people who are. This is the way that Ehrenreich felt. She always gave her tips to the cook, because even though she was pretending to be in the same situation as him, in all reality she wasn 't. While working at Hearthside she starts a housekeeping job, and this she tells the readers one of the most interesting facts. "In 1996 the number of persons holding two or more jobs averaged 7.8 million, or 6.2 percent of the workforces… about two-thirds of multiple jobholders work one job full-time and the other part-time. Only a heroic minority- 4 percent of men and 2 percent of women – work two full-time jobs simultaneously…"(Ehrenreich, 45) This footnote really gives readers a comparison of what it 's like to work in the low wage work force. Readers can understand from that statement that a lot of the population is low paid, and is struggling. This in a way could be an appeal of pathos also because your getting a fact, but it is a sad fact that you might feel for those people who have to work these kinds of jobs. The biggest appeal that Ehrenreich makes is after she ends up walking out of the housekeeping job/waitress job because she cannot handle it anymore." I have failed… I don 't cry, but I am in a
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