10/03/12: Nickel & Dimed: Part 1


Going from a consumer to a worker, what specific challenges did the Ehrenreich face?
Why was Ehrenreich referred to as “baby,” “blondie,” and “girl”?
What does Ehrenreich mean by the vocabulary choice of varicosities and enigmatic?
Why does Ehrenreich input details about how people constantly swear and occasionally, how people have sex with each other?


It is interesting that Ehrenreich had to urinate into a cup for a below minimum wage job interview in addition to the manager’s concern of whether or not she is a citizen of the United States.
For her waitressing position, it is impressive that Ehrenreich kindly uses her own money to buy additional add-ons for her customers.
Ehrenreich’s waitressing job is apparently stressful due to periodic locker search checks, random drug evaluations and other overstated accusations from management.
Waitressing becomes a season job for the greater accumulation of tips, meaning Ehrenreich has to find an alternative job to cover her minimal living expenses.
Ehrenreich becomes amazed when she compares her necessary expenses as a minimum wage employee in relation to the luxury expenses of her former life.
“-creating an atmosphere in which oxygen is only an occasional pollutant” cleverly describes how almost all the employees and customers constant smoke.
“the only thing people have to call their own is the tumors they are nourishing and the spare moments they devote to feeding them” portrays how insane the masses of people are to not oppose the consequences of smoking.
“There is no vindication in this exit, no fuck you surge of relief, just an overwhelming dank sense of failure pressing down on me and the entire parking lot” illustrates how much of a failure Ehrenreich feels after quitting her waitress and housekeeping jobs.

Rhetorical Analysis

Ehrenreich’s diction includes very relaxed vocabulary, such as “ex-hippie types,” “militant feminist.”
Ehrenreich syntax is hilarious since she includes many sarcastic statements such, as “… apparently, no human on the premises is deemed capable of representing the corporate point of view.”
Ehrenreich’s overall writing structure is very informal while the usage of her language through vocabulary is scholarly.
Ehrenreich describes vivid imagery at her job through metaphors, “you’ve got fifty starving people out there, lying scattered on the battlefield, so get out there and feed them.”
Ehrenreich has amusing metaphors, such as “If it isn’t all done… you’re going to face… dinner rush defenseless and probably go down in flames.”
Ehrenriech introduces a rhetoric ideology between corporate and human individuals and how corporations “don’t cut you no slack. You give and you give and they take.”
Analogy: “If you quit after working four hours, what would your boss say?” … “He’d fire me” describes how if “Tylenol doesn’t want to work for more than four hours, you just fire its ass and switch to Aleve.”


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