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

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In Serving in Florida, discuss specific instances of humor in this selection. Is it primarily ironic humor? Agressively sarcastic? Give examples.

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In Ehrenreich's "Serving in Florida" chapter, the author's humor is ironic, as the restaurant, far from being a clean haven, is disgustingly dirty. She writes, using an extended metaphor,

"The kitchen is a cavern, a stomach leading to the lower intestine that is the garbage and dishwashing area, from which issue bizarre smells combining the edible and the offal: creamy carrion, pizza barf, and that unique and enigmatic Jerry's scent--citrus fart."

The scatology in this passage makes it darkly funny, disgusting, and ironic. The restaurant, which is supposed to be clean, is very close to the feces and garbage it creates. She connects the food the restaurant serves, such as pizza and citrus, to gross bodily functions.

The humor in the chapter is also sarcastic in that the author expresses contempt for the...

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