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

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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?

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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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