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

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Describe Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed. Describe Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed.

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The character Barbara is fairly interesting to analyze.  The previous posts were quite thorough.  I would only add that part of what makes the work so interesting in that one can see how there is a fundamental difference between author and person when the author becomes a person in the novel.  For example, the author holds very strong political beliefs about the need for an economic reconfiguration in regards the working class.  Yet, the character Barbara is not shown to be a rallying Marxist, or someone who enters the workplace to politically activate the work setting.  Rather, she is shown to be someone struggling under the weight of minimum wage reality.  There is little doubt that Barbara, as a character, feels this tension, as she is forced to confront her own working class background and, in a way, go back to it in different forms in different jobs.  She is a character that struggles to bring to light the practical reality of the theoretical beliefs of her author persona....

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