In "Serving in Florida," from her book Nickel and Dimed, how does Barbara Ehrenreich establish her ethos, particularly in the section dealing with her relationship with George?
In the chapter on serving, Ehrenreich discusses her experiences as a waitress at two Key West restaurants, the Hearthside and Jerry’s, and as a housekeeper at the motel attached to Jerry’s. During this first step in her experiment doing working-class jobs, Ehrenreich confronts the changes that occur internally, including her sense of identity, attitude toward work , and physical ability to perform work, and externally, especially in her relationships with her fellow employees. The author establishes ethos through her use of first-person narration, her apparently frank discussion of her personal involvement in the actions she narrates. She establishes and supports ethos by discussing her relationships with numerous individual co-workers and supervisors at both workplaces. At the Hearthside, she learns from Gail about the challenges to finding a viable living space and in this way establishes ethos by honestly presenting the ways she gained knowledge about working-class life. At...
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