Working at Wendy’s by Joey Franklin In the essay, the author presents a defense for putting aside one’s pride to accommodate your family. Franklin shows that he is a cooperative person with regards to supporting his wife in her effort. As indicated by Franklin, his wife is in her last semester of college, and he wants to work nights that way he can look after their son during the day. Franklin, a college student himself, is couple semesters away from graduation when he chose to go out for this job. He gives the reader a perspective of his internal conflict between looking the part to his community and doing what is necessary for his family. He provides us with great insight into what it is like work at a fast food restaurant. Not to do the physical work, but to get to know the employees there on an individual basis. Franklin shows us to never judge someone by their outside looks because you never know what they have going on at home. Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain by Jessica Mitford The purpose of this essay is to inform the people of the process of embalming in a painfully detailed way to draw out disgust. The author discusses the secrecy behind embalming and describes in detail how the procedure works. Jessica Mitford, states that if people understood what is going on behind the “Formaldehyde Curtain” they might not accept embalming easily. She creates a clear picture of the funeral industry in this paper. Her main goal is to share many of the common practices of the morgue and show how savage they can be so that she gains support in objecting towards the practice of embalming. Jessica’s point is that if more people understood these practices, funeral practices might change. We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story by Sallie Tisdale The author basically tells her experience with her patients, where she describes her emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and procedures that she as a nurse in an abortion clinic had to deal with daily. She even goes so far as to explicitly describe the contents of the basin after the abortion is complete. Another thing that Tisdale does is indicate the variety of women with whom she deals with and the distinctions in their experience at the clinic. For the author, working in an abortion clinic is the resource of trauma and confusion. She also announces that, regardless of some legal and moral difficulties, abortions are necessary. Despite her delinquency and the nightmares, it gives her, she proceeds to do what she does because of her mercy for the women who need her. Blue Collar Brilliance by Mike Rose Mark Rose disagrees the perspective that intelligence can be measured by the amount of schooling a person has completed. He commits that blue-collar and service jobs ask for more intelligence than meets the eye. People look down on the blue-collar workers and fail to realize that they have a lot on their plate. Mike Rose regards as true that most people think that blue-collar whose job is mindless. That is why he wants to prove to people that their common sense is wrong, so he starts with his mother ‘s story, who worked as a waitress. Showing the blue-collar intelligence, he states this by expressing his mother’s mesmerizing skills, and how she acquired them by working as a waitress at a coffee shop. He describes his mother as a dynamic woman who loved her job and put her heart and soul into being a waitress. On Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner The story focuses on Eighner’s experiences of diving through dumpsters to find food. Eighner doesn’t prefer the term dumpster diving as he states in the essay, “I prefer the word scavenging and use the word scrounging when I mean to be obscure.” Eighner became homeless after he lost his job. He explains his life while he was running very short on funds and paying rent with the little money he had. Because of his lack of income, Eighner had to resort to getting his nutrition from what other people had thrown out. He tells the audience how to differentiate between harmful foods and safe foods that can be found in a dumpster and the prime spots to find the best meals. Even though the food is what Eighner dives for, he also emphasizes on what other things one can find in a dumpster, including diaries and journals, animals-dead and living. This is Tossing by Chris Wiewiora In the essay, Chris Wiewiora describes his daily routine at work as a pizza tosser. Chris basically tells the reader how he feels about his work. If he finishes what he got to do by the time he is supposed to, he feels like a professional. The author imagines himself working at a nice and fancy restaurant where there is nice music playing in the background and he can work in peace without having to worry about the time. Back to reality, if he forgets any details at his workplace and he cannot get eleven pies by eleven pm, which would let his manager complain and that would make him feel useless about himself. Chris lastly wishes he could be back in school, having fun like a kid with no expectations instead of being there trying to make his last pie before eleven. On the Fear of Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross In the essay, the author explains her point of view, detailing her opinions and influences that cause people to fear death. To Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, there are a lot of causes why we, as people, fear death. However, she strongly believes that the root of our fears and the main reason why we fear death is simply due to the fact that death is unavoidable. Humans are used to having things at their discretion; also, we preserve the opportunity to change or to choose occurrences at our leisure. This causes a problem because as humans, we cannot choose when we want to die or how we prefer that it takes place. Death, itself, is a procedure, and as humans, we cannot take control of it.