What is the author’s purpose in Nickel and Dimed?
I actually have a different opinion than the educator above. Although I do agree that Ehrenreich provides an amazing first-hand research experience of her plight as an underpaid worker, I don't think her main purpose was to provide the research or even reveal the plight. In my opinion, Ehrenreich's main purpose was to prove that, due to the greed of corporate America, one is unable to "get by" in America while working a minimum wage job mostly because the minimum wage does not provide a "living wage."
What you don't necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you're really selling is your life.
Ehrenreich presents an entrepreneurial society that is dependent on greed in the upper echelons of business. Even locally owned businesses and/or franchise owners can be accused of this sin of greed. I will never forget reading the section where Ehrenreich was attempting to work as a maid was shocked at her training. What she was trained...
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