Questions, Reading 14, Ehrenreich

Questions, Reading 14, Ehrenreich - It seems as if this...

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Alea Roach 10-17-04 TA Stephanie Farrar Discussion A05 Questions on “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich 1) On page 191, Ehrenreich, in talking about the bedroom at the place she is looking to rent a room, states “There is no window. Well, there is a windowlike structure near the ceiling, but it offers a view only of compacted dirt, such as one might normally see when looking up from the grave. Does this statement serve as a parallel to the entire rest of the story and the characters in the story?
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Unformatted text preview: It seems as if this statement exemplifies Ehrenreich’s experience in this town. Did the author do this purposely? 2) Throughout this piece, Ehrenreich uses her sarcastic, sometimes offensive humor. What is the purpose of the insertion of this humor in this story? Why does Ehrenreich state her humor in such a way as to be offensive sometimes, and hysterical at other times? Is there a specific purpose of this humor in this story?...
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