Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

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In Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, analyze the diction of the chapter "Serving in Florida."

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed is a 2001 book on the state of the working poor in America, and their ability to "(not) get by." Ehrenreich pretended to be a poor person to see if she could subsist on a working wage; she decided that it was all but impossible.

"Serving in Florida" is the first section of the book, where Ehrenreich draws on her experience as a waitress to work for a diner. Throughout the chapter, Ehrenreich is subtly contemptuous of the people around her, even as she strives to empathize with their plight:

...it is a shock...

(The entire section contains 284 words.)

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