Using a descriptive voice, the author argues that workers are paid poorly in bad conditions
While noting the poor pay of the occupations and commenting on the personal life’s of some of her fellow employees Ehrenreich explains the poor conditions of the job.
Ehrenreich is able to use a very identifying voice to be able to explain the conditions and workload that herself and other people working a minimal wage job have to experience.
Ehrenreich's argument appears to be about the struggles and sacrifices many people who take these low wage jobs have to do in order to survive. She does this by explaining other people's experiences she has worked with. Her audience appears to be young adults, who haven't gone through these issues that many adults face today.
Ehrenreich's argument appears to be about the fact that living off the minimum wage is a reality for many people in the U.S, and that it is not as easy as one would assume. She focuses on the struggles and sacrifices made by her co-workers as examples of true minimum wage life. Her audience seems to be mostly young adults, possibly between ages 20-35, who are in the higher middle class.
Ehrenreich's argument appears to be about the life of being a minimum wage worker and the struggles they go through based on the job they have. She focuses on what her co-workers have experienced and using that as examples. She also uses descriptive imagery to tell us about what she has experienced. Her audience seems to be young adults, who do not have to go through this. Ehrnreich wants them to understand what minimum wage workers have to go through.
In showing the poor pay and working conditions within her jobs and life stories of fellow employees Barbara can explain the crude state of living on minimum wage.
The author argues that minimum wage by no means allows you to live comfortably. In fact, the low money adds stress to most aspects in a persons life. Ehrenreich points out the sacrifices the lower working class has to make to survive simply, even just to maintain good health and a have place to live.
Ehrenreich argues that living on minimum wage, by any means, is easy. Living in poverty is like living in a cage where you cant get out.
The main argument that is being developed is that it there is no way an average human with basic needs of food, sleep, and a roof over their head could comfortably get by on minimum wage or living on the poverty line. Another main point is to prove that the government's idea of minimum wage being able to support someone's needs is wrong and needs to be improved.
Through her real life encounters, Ehrenreich argues that minimum wage workers are paid far to low in order to live sustainably in America. The standard of living has increased in the recent years and she continues to argue that minimum wage does no good in helping people accommodate for that increase. She also argues that minimum wage workers work in bad conditions and the qualities they work in are unacceptable and must be changed.
Insight on the lifestyle of low-wage Americans is the primary focus of this book. Ehrenreich argues that this lifestyle induces much struggle and fight in order to meet or obtain the basic necessities of life. The physical and mentally draining challenges that come with being a low-wage American, ensure that many of these people continue to live in poverty-like conditions. The minimum wage is a significant challenge that these people face- if measures are not taken to improve the minimum wage, millions of Ameicans will continue to suffer. Ehrenreich develops her argument through her experiment, taking into account both her experiences and the experiences of others.
Through her experience of living life on minimum wage, Ehrenreich argues that there is struggle and sacrifice when living life on minimum wage just to maintain basic necessities. She also argues that the people who do work on the poverty line are not paid enough in order to live a sustainable life in the United States. Ehrenreich develops her argument by living out the life of someone only living on minimum wage. She also tells of the struggle of some of the people she works with to help better her argument.
By mainly appealing to ethos, Ehrenreich tries to prove that it is impossible to live off minimum wage. When living off of minimum wage it is a struggle to pay for basic necessities let alone any forms of entertainment etc. Not to mention that this lifestyle is physically, mentally, and emotionally deteriorating. She constantly blames the government and management for this problem. .
I agree that she mainly appeals to ethos, because she's explains the hardships of living on minimum wage and how it is almost impossible to afford daily things, and people can see the logic in that because she states how much she makes from each job, and then compares it to how much basic necessities cost.
I meant to say that she mainly appeals to logos.
Part2: pg. 121-135~ Ehrenreich continues to develop the argument that it is hard to live sustainably on minimum wage jobs, especially when your work is not appreciated. Now that she is in Maine, she is basically "starting all over" and exhibiting that finding a job and even a house is difficult when the cost of living outnumbers the income substantially.
Ehrenreich uses her experiences with her co workers, bosses, and struggles to pay for necessities to show the struggle of the minimum wage worker. Whether it is the low pay or unfair treatment, Ehrenreich uses deep description to paint a vivid picture of what minimum wage lives are really life. Readers can conclude from her writing that it is very tough to live on minimum wage pay.
She mentions frequently the poor pay as well as the bad working conditions she faces as an employee at these places.
Ehrenreich develops her argument using her expressive voice and her own detailed experiences by saying that no one who lives on the minimum wage can live comfortably and that it is by the greed of the rich that their conditions continue to worsen.
Ehrenreich uses her firsthand experiences working in minimum jobs to develop her argument. She also frequently mentions her underpayment and the bad working conditions to even further prove the point that people working minimum wage cannot live comfortably.
Ehrenreich develops her argument using by her firsthand experiences working in minimum wage jobs and mentions of underpayment as well as the bad working conditions. She goes into very deep detail to paint a vivid picture of what its like to work minimum wage
Ehrenreich goes in depth with her first hand experiences in order to develop her argument, her word choice makes it easy to imagine what its like working these minimum wage jobs.
Ehrenreich uses real life encounters she faced during the experiment to appeeal to ethos. She actually lived through what she talks about which makes he a credible source for the information she uses.
She also develops her argument throughappeals to logos by providing factual information and statistics about the lives of minimum wage workers.
I feel as though the author's overall argument is to experience and strongly express what it is like to live life on a minimum wage salary, whilst also facing basic everyday social issues. The author explains how specific jobs depending on what it is, will determine the type of person to work there and how much they make, this is especially true with minimum wage jobs.so typically, following the social standards of women's rights, single women working minimum wage jobs may have more difficulty getting buy because of their jobs. How working conditions determine your income, or how hours may be overly extended making the jobs even more unbearable.
Ehrenreich uses real experiences and logic to develop her argument. The fact that she's living through these things helps and the statistics and factual evidence she provides is also an asset in developing her argument.
Ehrenreich reveals the lives of some of her coworkers who are living off the minimum wage. She argues that not only do workers get paid very little, but they also are not treated very well. The conditions they work in are harsh, and they don't get treated with much respect from the managers. She states that "the single unisex rest room admonishes to us to wash our hands thoroughly...but there is always some vital substance missing-soap, paper towels, toilet paper". This shows how much the managers don't care about their employees and even the quality food their customers' eat, because the food consumed usually comes directly from the employees' hands, clean or unclean. Ehrenreich's audience is anyone who makes more than the minimum wage, more specifically the middle to upper classes who don't know anything about the life of a minimum wage worker.
Ehrenreich develops her argument by telling the reader directly of her own experience of working minimum wage jobs, which supports her argument because it gives her credibility. She also talks about the difficult working conditions, and obstacles the average minimum wage worker, especially differing whether your a women. She also indulges in the details about working a minimum wage job, which paints a clear picture of what it's like.
Ehrenreich develops her argument by including many examples of the poor treatment of the minimum wage workers by either workplace superiors or the customers. She also describes her living situation to show how daily life is a struggle for people earning the minimum wage. For example, she talks about a coworker Gail who lived in a truck and boyfriend had been killed in a prison. She also talks about her manager possibly doing drugs and sending servers out to get him drugs.
Her main audience is people who do not work the minimum wage as the purpose of this book is to "expose" the realities of working minimum wage jobs. She develops her argument by citing numerous examples of the poor treatment of herself and her coworkers from the lack of healthcare to the routine drug tests.
Using real data and personal antedates, Barbara Ehrenreich establishes main argument is that minimum wage is not enough for a person to live well on.
The author's main argument is about the poor wages and bad working conditions that make life on minimum wage and low pay extremely hard especially to live well on.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be discussing Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed here.