Sample Essay

The author calls for the need to incur reforms in economic laws although she has the realization that economic laws linking ‘low employment to wage increases may no longer be operative’  (Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed 202). The seriouness of the issue of poverty is so immense that Ehrenreich reported the extent of anxiety over the failure to secure jobs along with the anxiety over the low wages.

Moreover the callousness of the authorities also evinces itself through the utter ignorance of the issue by the Republicans and the Democrates. ‘The particular political moment’ says  Ehrenreich, ‘what almost looks like a “conspiracy of silence” on the subject of poverty and the poor’  (Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America 217).

She describes poverty in terms of the diminutive details of the possessions of the poor as it consists of ‘lunch’ consisting of ‘Doritos or Hot dog rolls, leading to faintness before the end of shift’ and the ‘home’ that is also a car or a van while the health care facilities are absent (Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America 214).

The ‘illness or injury’ that must be ‘worked through’ with ‘gritted teeth’ because ‘there’s no sick pay or health insurance and the loss of one day’s pay will mean no groceries for the next’, are the ‘experiences that are not part of a ‘sustainable lifestyle’, rather are ‘emergency situations’ by any ‘standard of subsistence’ (Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America 214).

Ehrenreich’s attempt to arouse public opinion is similar to that of Harrington as the two of them invokes the public emotions by directly targetting their responsibilities.

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