Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Questions and Answers
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In "Serving in FLorida," a chapter from her book Nickle and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich does not state her thesis. What is her purpose, and how might one write a thesis sentence for this section of her book?

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Ehrenreich's purpose is to show how tough it is to make a living as a waitress or food server. She emphasizes that the work is hard and actually takes a high degree of skill and competence. A server has to constantly multi-task, handle a string of challenges in real time, and do it all while remaining pleasant. Ehrenreich notes, too, how hard, if not impossible, it is to make ends meet on a server's earnings.

Ehrenreich is no Marxist. She emphasizes that she is not going to embrace the working class life as more than experiment and states that she enjoys the rewards that come from being a successful and well-known writer and journalist. She does not advocate for revolution or the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat. She has no fundamental objection to capitalism per se. However, she believes capitalism should do more to improve the lives of people at the bottom of the society. She emphasizes how hard these people work. She implies that they deserve a bigger slice of the...

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