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Amelia Murphy Writing the Essay Essay 3 Draft 2 4/29/08 ‘Barbara Ehrenreich Playing Board Games’ With board games winning and losing is easy. Make the most money in Monopoly and buy Boardwalk and Park Place one’s fate is sealed. It is the player’s hand that moves the pieces around the board, and it is the player’s luck that makes the dice land on doubles—allowing him to collect $200 and Pass Go. Yet, in reality, how can one deifier if he is winning or losing, successfully maneuvering one’s self around a board with no end in sight? How can one be sure that it is in fact his hand rolling the die choosing his next real-estate purchase? That he independently picked up the Chance Card and won the coveted $10 second place in the local Beauty Pageant? Barbara Ehrenreich writes about this loss of sovereignty on a global and personal level. From oppression by other’s actions, religious views and even our own cells in our body, Ehrenreich is determined to reveal these instances of submission of power. She does so by first negating the conventional thought and by weaving in personal experiences throughout her works. She does so in order to make her readers aware of their loss of and in some ways gain back their own sovereignty. The topics Ehrenreich chooses to discuss terrorism, cancer, TV talk shows, drug legalization, religion and minimum wage. One does not have to be a learned person to have a stance on these issues. It is her selection of conventional topics that makes her arguments so unique. Ehrenreich is counterintuitive. Her method of persuasion is by not only addressing the main arguments of the opposing side but also by showing you the realistic and somewhat obvious faults found in each. In her essay “Killing the Habit” she discusses the abolition of prohibition. By recalling and acknowledging the well known phrase of antidrug enthusiasts, she 1  |  P a g e
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Amelia Murphy Writing the Essay Essay 3 Draft 2 4/29/08 is able to then truly make her point: “Drugs can kill, of course. But drug prohibition kills too” (3). Ehrenreich tears apart her intellectual foe’s foundation of ideals piece by piece, brick by brick. But then, in her brilliance, Ehrenreich reuses her challenger’s cement—the famous antidrug slogan to strengthen her individual argument. By doing so she draws the reader to her side, forcing them to agree with her stance. This innovative thinking can also be seen in her essay “The Right’s Academic Universe.” In this she exposes the hypocritical scientific piggy bank created by The Templeton Foundation. Like with prohibition, she portrays her opinion on the issue by negating the one taken by her opposition. Ehrenreich writes, “It hard to imagine the most famous baby, the Field of Positive Psychology, was created by the same man who has been running pro-war commercials” (2). Ehrenreich states the obvious. She is not stretching the truth, only sharing facts. Templeton did fund the 8 million dollar ‘Happiness Facility” in Pennsylvania
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