Ehrenreich ends with a very critical and opinionated tone, going in to detail about what she believes on the matter on living in a minimum wage.
I strongly agree, her tone does shift strongly in my opinion, completely lacking any optimism about the experience what so ever, and seems quite vague with her writing towards the end.
Overall, Ehrenreich is very critical and blunt. Throughout the book itself, she tended to be very frustrating in which she liked to complain a lot and she was not very enthusiastic about understanding and experiencing these struggles. However, she was very honest about it and she never strayed away from her beliefs.
In the end, Ehrenreich did have some flaws. The largest flaw would be her attitude throughout the book. I question whether or not she conducted a true experiment of living life on only minimum wage because of her straightforwardness, her tendency to complain a lot, and the rules that she set for herself in the beginning of the book. I see the book as well written and purposeful. She gave insight on what the living on only minimum wage is like and was brave enough to not just write about the experiences of other people but live that way of life herself.
Overall Ehrenreich gave a good argument about the working poor. Although she didn’t fully experience the lifestyle of the working poor in a sense, I commend her for actually trying and making an effort to shed some light onto working America.
This book was very informative for me because I had very little knowledge on low-wage America. I really respect Ehrenreich for putting herself out there to experience this extremely tough lifestyle. Although she did not fully commit to the experiment, I appreciate her honesty and willingness to address any mistakes she made. I especially liked how she was was true to her character and her views throughout her project and her writing - her blunt, bold, sarcastic, sassy and borderline offensive comments were refreshing to read because many authors would refrain from doing so. I also really appreciated the way she conducted her experiment. Living in different locations (some that may have even come across as sketch), working different jobs, and meeting new people really added depth to the project. What really stuck with me after reading the book was the part when she said that "we should see the poverty of so many millions of low-wage Ameicans as a state emergency." I loved how Ehrenreich recognized that the "unskilled work" title given to jobs of low-wage is not an appropriate way to describe them because of how physically rigorous and draining they are. She wasn't afraid to call out employers, politicians, the government, the media, the upper/middle class, and even us, for exploiting low-wage Americans, for constantly labeling them as "criminals", and for not taking measures to take these people out of poverty.
Ehrenreich ended the book with various opinions and throughout the book I could tell she complained a lot about the conditions and wage of the jobs she worked. In the end she made a well constructed argument that supported the low wage working class in America with her firsthand experience as a low wage worker in the great America.
The book was very well constructed and planned out. I enjoyed how Ehrenreich constantly brought up her costs and earnings throughout the book to remind us readers how little she was making by and such. Although she did give up once or twice through her job, which I highly doubt some would do in some situations, it seems accurate and applicable to most Americans living with minimum wage jobs. I liked how she took different jobs in different parts of the country to show how different and difficult some jobs were rather than just writing a book about only one minimum wage job. This allowed the reader to get a broader idea of how some people live with these types of jobs. At the end of the book, I liked how she talked about the result of what happened after she published her book, the criticisms and good things that came out of it. She also talked about ways and issues that has caused people who have minimum wage jobs to struggle and certain major events concerning them. Overall the book was very enjoyable and eyeopening for me to see how little some people in the country make.
This book was a good stepping stone for other experiments to go off of. Although Ehrenreich did not fully commit herself to the process, it revealed many truths about the minimum wage workers in America.
Overall, I feel as though the book was professional and well put together. Ehrenreich was able to appeal to all three rhetorical appeals. In the beginning of the book she did not even want to do the experiment but later changed her mind which in my opinion, added to her credibility. Another thing i liked is that she included every detail even her hourly wage for each job and the expenses she had. Ehrenreich came into the experiment with pre-established views of the middle class but by the end of the experiment all of her pre consumptions were shattered. I think she really experienced what a lot of americans experience everyday and it changed her. She did a great job displaying the reality of lower middle class americans
The book that Barbara Ehrenreich has put together in the end is a very well thought out and detailed account of living 3 months on the minimum wage. Before I started reading this book or began this entire unit on Wealth without work I had very little knowledge of the income of low-wage Americans and the wealth gap that existed between the rich and the poor. This allowed me to experience a firsthand encounter on one who lives on the minimum wage. While she tended to complain and her attitude was poor I still think she did a very good job of persevering and continuing on through the entire experiment when times got tough.I believe this book also serves a great deal of importance to American people because many have yet to know what the lives are like for those who lives on the bottom of the corporate ladder. Through her honesty and down-to-earth personality I believe this book is of utmost importance into unlocking the underbelly of our capitalist economy to the general public,
Ehrenreich's was a very good insight into the lives that many less-fortunate people have to live on a daily basis. You could tell that at the beginning of the book she didn't really support the lower/middle class in her argument, but as time went on she had no trouble realizing the hardships the minimum wage workers had to face. Although she had a bad attitude and cheated with her experiment a few times, it was a very eye opening experience for both her and I.
This book provides a great opportunity for people who do not know the struggles of minimum wage life to see what it is really like. Ehrenreich obviously has a miserable time as she is always complaining about something. She couldn't even finish the experiment without breaking the rules she set in the beginning. I hope people read this book and become more respectful to minimum wage workers. These people did not choose to live like this and as I read this book I began to feel bad for people who have to live like this everyday. This is a great experiment and is very revealing.
Ehrenreich has put together a very in-depth look into the life of someone who is less fortunate then others. At the start of the book I thought that she would stick to her plan and when she broke some of the rules she set I was shocked (however I understand as that is a very hard life to live). It showed another look into a important topic and maybe this was the view we needed, from the inside.think she really experienced what a lot of Americans experience everyday and it changed her.
Ehrenreich's book was a well developed book that enabled readers to understand the hardships that minimum wage worker endure on a daily basis. I like the fact that she put her self out their in this experiment in order to make a claim and support her argument that these people working on minimum wage endure way more hardships then seen by the naked eye, and that we must physically put ourselves in their shoes in order to put things in perspective. In the beginning I was quite hesitant on her idea of setting boundaries and restrictions that would cause her to end the experiment. These boundaries included things like never sleeping in a car which would inevitably have to occur if it was her reality and only option, so that part was not a fair representation of the experiment. Some other flaws I noticed was how much she complained because although she can easily go back to her normal life, their are people who endure these hardships on a daily basis so she shouldn't be complaining so much. Aside from that note, I enjoyed how she included details from the places she worked and testimonies from other employees who obviously aren't doing an experiment and using their job as a means to make ends meet. Their testimonies helped understand the real struggle that these workers endure, yet they still get paid minimally. On many occasions, she demonstrated that desperate times call for desperate measures. This was evident when she would take the lowest paying jobs and even the cheapest motels(although sometimes it lead to putting her safety and well being on the line). All in all, I don't really think this was a fair representation and experimentation of the minimum wage worker life but it is a great way to gain insight of the many struggles they possess. It's is good that she was straightforward in letting readers know that she would not be going to the full extent with the experiment, instead of having them believe that she would.
Ehrenreich's book was very informative and does a great job captivating minimum wage workers in America and the things that they have to do to try and survive in such a vastly growing economic world. At first, she has a hard time going through the lives of these minimum wage workers and doesn't have the best attitude towards the experiment. Also she did not commit fully to the experiment regarding her perspective of her never going into debt in the process. However, I believe she did a great job in captivating what people really have to go through when working these jobs.I found many parts throughout the book interesting especially when she worked in different jobs in different parts of the country to captivate the similarities and differences of various workers and the conditions that they have to face on a daily basis.
Although I agree with the point Ehrenreich tries to make in "Nickel and Dimed", she remained very close minded. There were not many counterarguments and at times it seems like she would ramble for a few dozen pages. All in all, her book made me think about how hard it must be to survive in this country when you don't make much at all.
Ehrenreich provided a good look into what it is like to live on the minimum wage, however I think she went through this experience with too closed a mind. The book also went on for longer than it needed to, while she rambled on for many pages instead of getting to the point. Before reading Nickle and Dimed I had little to no idea of how hard these people had it, even though she cheated a couple times the experiment still remained mostly intact, letting all who read the book learn more about what it's like to live on minimum wage.
Ehrenreich's book, when I first started reading it, I noticed that she complained a lot. She did give valuable information about life as a minimum wage worker, which gave me an insight to what is happening in the lower class. I learned that planning things out will not work well because something unexpected might happen and you will not be able to deal with it. Since there is so much to consider because you do not have a lot of money, you have to make sacrifices. The book showed me that I will never completely understand what it is like to be a minimum wage worker, unless I become one. People in America tend to take things for granted because we do not understand what it is like without our many material things. We do not thing about what is happening with the people who take the low paying jobs because it does not affect us at least not directly.
Truthfully, though the book can be seen as a nice, simple, primary source to look for, overall it is hard to detect truth. Ehrenreich seems to become very disinterested towards the end and the writing becomes very vague, her tone seems to be switching constantly, as though she couldn't decide how she felt about the minimum wage life style. In reality, I feel as though her book would have no value to this topic if she did not incorporate the certain people she did and certain information, for it is as though she has completely lost touch with the optimism of the experience.
Ehrenreich ends with an almost critical or opinionated tone and believes she did well during the experiment. Throughout the book sometimes Ehrenreich didn’t seem as she really took on the experiment with the mindset of not having money and living off minimum wage and kept coming back to the idea she had money to fall back on. Over all this book was a good insight in to the everyday life’s some people live and the struggles they face while working for just the bare minimum wage.
Overall, Ehrenreich provides the audience with a genuine and detailed understanding of what is a reality of so many Americans working minimum or low wage jobs. She gives many examples, and explains her experience and others in great depth, stating their struggles that they endure just to barely make it in America and provide for their families. In addition, in my opinion, Ehrenreich could have done the experiment better if she didn't always refer back to her backup money which I believe made her mentally not completely involved with experiment because in reality these workers only have the money they earn because a majority don't get the pleasure of having extra money to hold them through next months rent or buy surplus groceries. So, if Ehrenreich would have just took that out of the experiment I feel it would have made her argument even stronger and made even more of a connection, because it throws the audience off that she has a "plan B" in a sense.
Ehrenreich was very straightforward and explained everything in great detail throughout the entire book. I really liked how blunt and honest she was and her sarcasm and dry humor made the book more enjoyable to read. Overall, she provided great insight into the lives of minimum wage workers by including her personal experiences from working many minimum wage jobs, as well as her coworkers' experiences. One thing that was annoying to me though was the fact that she kept referring back to her backup money. I feel like this emphasized her lack of commitment to this experiment and made it seem less realistic, since real minimum wage workers do not have backup money, or any money to spare. Regardless, I feel like Ehrenreich did a pretty good job describing the life of a minimum wage worker. She incorporated plenty of detailed first hand experiences and a lot of facts and statistics to show the struggles that minimum wage workers have to go through everyday.
Throughout the book, Ehrenreich developed and produced an insightful look into the life of a minimum wage worker's struggle. She used many examples of the abuses and low standard of living they face to emphasize how life really is for them. She was very straightforward and used a lot of detail to describe daily life for millions of people. Though she seemed to, at first, be hesitant a bit arrogant about the fact that she had backup money and wouldn't allow herself to be hungry or homeless, which is a luxury some people do not have, she seemed more committed by the end and still produced a thoughtful piece on the life of minimum wage workers.
Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed was a very informative book as in it gave several insights on the plights of the minimum wage workers but her books had strong points and had flaws. One of her strong points was the use of stats in her book. Many books, especially on heavy topics, present data in a way that takes away from the narrative or makes the work uninteresting. Ehrenreich brings data in the book in an interesting way. One other strong point in her book was her strong narrative voice. It made me feel like she was beside me telling her story which made me invested in her story.
One her flaws was that she didn't go all in on her experiment.
I think Ehrenreich's book is a really good and informative read. Her straightforward and simple narrating style helped me feel more connected to her, and the lighthearted joking assisted in preventing the book from being too boring. She really helps bring to light the life of working minimum wage, and exposed a lot of the parts of unjust companies that cut back on their promises for money. Her use of statistics and personal experience gives a strong backup for her claims and makes her seem like the type of person who really did her research, which in turn makes the book that much more reliable. However, despite her claiming that she was invested in the experiment, the way she kept mentioning her backup money- it made her seem less interested in the experiment, as if she wasn't as involved as she could have been. But overall, I think Ehrenreich did a wonderful job, and that her book has mostly accomplished its goal.
The book was intriguing and showed insight onto living on minimum wage and the struggles of it but it could have been better without the backup money being involved and relied on so much. Overall the experiment did show great insight on the struggles of minimum wage.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be discussing Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed here.