Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickeled And Dimed

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Frederick Douglas once quoted “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” The reason I chosen, Nickeled and Dimed is because this play relates to everybody who work at a minimum wage job. Throughout, the play Barbara Ehrenreich had tried working different minimum wage jobs and in different cities to make a point that it’s hard for a person who works minimum wage to support their family and themselves. But the problem was that Barbara wasn’t agreeing with how the system was running at each job and she couldn’t handle the pressure of trying to survive off the minimum wage, living in trailer parks and not having enough money to pay for utilities and food. In my point of view, I think having a minimum wage job has its up’s and down’s because you’re trying to make a living to yourself and probably for others, but the pressure of working long hours and sometimes with no breaks and not getting paid for the extra hours you work isn’t fair. By working or attempting to work minimum wage jobs are a decline in the economy and without health insurance at some of the jobs are tough because when you get hurt or some…show more content…
Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created? Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday

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