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Division of Social Classes through Language: George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" - An important lesson that has been learned throughout life and the beginning of time is to respect the individual’s content and not their image. It is shown throughout George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, that different people can be brought together in the same circumstance, being a heavy rain shower in London, but distance themselves so effusively because of outer appearances. The situation between the nonintellectual flower-girl and the sophisticated Pickering, Higgins, and the Mother-daughter is drawn out over the judgment of her poor speech and her value as a person as she constantly defends herself against their prejudice....   [tags: Social Classes, classism, Language, George Bernard] 1184 words
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The Ancient Greek Social Classes - The social stratifications for both societies had a few similarities, but overall were very different. The social stratification in both societies was mostly determined by birth, similar to the caste system, with almost no social mobility. The ancient greeks had 4 social classes; the Athens, which were the highest class, they had all political power and were the wealthiest, to be part of this social class you would need to be born in Athens, because the rights for the class could only be inherited hereditarily....   [tags: athens, roman republic, social stratification] 558 words
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The French Revolution: A War of the Social Classes - The French Revolution was basically a war of the social classes. The middle class believed that in order to gain equality they had to get rid of the privileges that were stopping the progress of their rise in society. To do this they had to gain power within the government and make changes, such as, improving the tax system, creating a fair system of production where profits went to the producer, improving the whole economic system of the government, and plus many more. The revolution was a fight for equality; it was not a rebellion against poverty....   [tags: French Revolution, social class, classism, ]
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Social Classes and the Great Depression - Social Classes and the Great Depression The Great Depression struck the United States in 1929, and devastated the country for 12 years (Potter). Filled with hardships and poverties, these 12 years seemed like a lifetime to most people, especially to the lower and middle class. American society during the 1930s was split into three main classes: Lower class, Middle class, and the Upper class. While the majority of the upper class continued to live lavishly, the lower class, consisting of mainly struggling laborers and almost all African Americans, definitely suffered the most....   [tags: segregation, economy, stocks] 652 words
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Social Classes in the United States - Many people in the United States like to think that our nation has no social classes that people are better off than the United States of the 20th century. People do not like to be informed about the social classes and when told about them they overlook the inequalities each class has. However, social class plays a major role in predicting social inequalities in areas such as work, education, and health. Even though many improvements have been done, that have benefited the population, people are still having disadvantages because of their social class....   [tags: Poverty, Health]
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Social Classes in The Catcher and the Rye - I sit waiting in my roommates’ apartment here in Canton—I live there as well. I am strapped for cash waiting on my care box (a box full of food and goodies) and an envelope full of cash from my parents. I’m a college student—and I depend on parents for my money and everything else—well for the most part. So I don’t want to eat a lot of my roommates’ food because he is already allowing me to stay here pretty much free of charge although I do pay. I look through my last box of goodies to see if I could find anything....   [tags: money, hieracrhy, rich, social] 1862 words
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Proposals on Social Classes - As long as it has been in existence, society has always been fractured into social classes, the very rich and the very poor. I see within our society the chasm growing by the year. The proletariat, boxed into cramped houses, while the bourgeoisie reside in mansions that jut up towards the sky touching the clouds. The rich, who control mostly everything in todays age, capitalize on those less fortunate than themselves and bask in the ignorance of the lower class. It is painful for myself to see the common worker, the average person, being taken advantage of and not even knowing his rights against such things....   [tags: Argumenative, Anti-Marxist] 767 words
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The Appearance of Social Classes after World War II - The idea of “social classes” is predisposed as an awkward subject among Americans; therefore it is rarely talked about because it makes people uncomfortable. Generally when interviewed, people claim there are no classes in the area where they live (Fussell). Class and status are two completely different things because status associates a range of things and class is simply a unit (Goldschmidt). Americans often give away their class merely by the criteria they use to define what the word “class” means (Fussell)....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Six Social Classes in the United States Today - During my research, I have found that depending on where you look there are a variety of Social Classes in the United States. The most obvious and probably the best known are the six social classes primarily used in the United States today. Below, I have compiled some facts that help describe and support each class. Upper Class The upper class makes up about one percent of the U.S. population, generally consists of those who have inherited wealth from their families, this is also known as old money....   [tags: Social Class] 745 words
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Postive Effects of Medieval Social Classes - ... The mothers in these households were not obligated to work because the man of the house could financially support the whole family (“Middle Class”). Sometimes they had servants to help the women with household chores and duties like cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children. This class also included shipmen, cooks, and high-class merchants (Schwartz). Below the middle class was the trade class, which included merchants and craftsmen. Men involved with retail would travel great distances to achieve authority and power over certain trade routes (“Middle Ages: The Medieval Social Classes”)....   [tags: socially, economically, organization, protection]
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Conflict Theory within the Social Classes - The conflict theory is defined as the social collision between two different groups who are trying to accomplish the same task but have some sort of inequality within them. Examples of the conflict theory are demonstrated in popular television shows and movies and incorporated in the lifestyles of everyday people. The three examples that are going to be used are the children’s show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, the common television series “Revenge”, and a popular YouTube video “Wealth Inequality in America”....   [tags: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Revenge]
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Marx and Engels on Social Classes - The changes which arose by way of the Industrial Revolution had a significant and long-term impact on the economy, the political arena, and society. Because of all the negative changes caused by industrialization and urbanization the Europeans wanted and needed answers on how to deal with these changes. Society was now divided into different classes the upper-middle class (wealthy) and the lower class (working), “Although reform organizations grew rapidly in the 1830s and 1840s, many Europeans found them insufficient to answer the questions raised by industrialization and urbanization” (Hunt 703)....   [tags: Economy, Working Class]
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Conflict Between Social Classes - Social class, which can define one’s position in society, sometimes contributes to a form of conflict for people with socially low status who try to gain rights and equality in society. This can often been seen in the twentieth century history, such as the movement towards African and Indian independence, where people rebelled in order to create their own government and have better living conditions. The rise of conflicts due to social inequality happened in all over the world, and consequently, social class difference is integral to the conflict in many examples of Non-Western literature in the twentieth century....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Social Classes in Wuthering Heights - Social Classes in Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights, a gothic novel written by Emily Bronte in the early nineteenth century, describes the conflict and the passionate bond between Catherine Earnshaw and her rough but romantic lover, Heathcliff. In the beginning of the book, Heathcliff, an orphan is made a part of the Earnshaw family. This adoption is not readily accepted by the older brother, Hindley, who sees the new child as a rival to his claim of dominance in the family. However, Catherine, the sister is quickly attracted to young Heathcliff, so different from anyone she had ever known....   [tags: English Literature] 1112 words
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Social Classes in Madam Bovary - Social Classes in "Madam Bovary" Striving for higher social status has been the downfall of many people just as it was the destruction of Emma Bovary. In Nineteenth Century France, several class existed: peasant or working class, middle class, upper-middle class, bourgeois, and aristocrats. In the story, "Madame Bovary," we see a number of individuals striving to move themselves up to the bourgeois, a status that is higher than the working class but not as high as nobility. The bourgeois are characterized by being educated and wealthy but unlike the aristocracy, they earned their money through hard work and kept it through frugality (Britannica)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Buckwild and Friends: TV's Modern Perspective on Social Classes - Buckwild and Friends: TV’s Modern Perspective on Social Classes Social class is a concept that is based on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchal social categories. The most common model used when describing social class is one that is divided into three groups: upper class, middle class, and lower class. The people who are in the same category have type of common attribute that links them to each other. Generally, this attribute is how much wealth one has acquired....   [tags: sociological analysis] 570 words
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Social Classes in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - ... Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others to think of us” (Austen 20). Mary’s feelings can relate to how Darcy is depicted by Austen in the novel. Austen uses indirect language to portray Darcy’s vanity, especially in the conversation Elizabeth started with Darcy, ‘Certainly there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.- But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.’ ‘Perhaps that is not possible for any one....   [tags: wealth, poor, elizabeth, darcy]
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Differences in Social Classes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - It is acknowledged by many readers that there are many different social classes in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. One of the most obvious social class distinctions is between skin colors, which can be seen through this novel. Since most readers’ focal point of this novel is on the distinctions between skin colors, they are unlikely to pay attention to the difference in social class within the white community. Lee wants to illustrate a contrast in white society and how characters behave differently through the uses of character foil, characterization, and the theme of society inequality in order to emphasize the differences in social classes....   [tags: skin color, racism, prejudice] 858 words
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Slumdog Millionaire: India's Social Classes and Love of Money - Slumdog Millionaire is an action-laced film, which describes one, indian orphan’s journey to seek his lost love and win India’s version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. Jamal Malik and his brother Salim grew up in the slums of Mumbai. After their mother was killed, Jamal and Salim met Latika. Throughout many journeys and hardships, Jamal becomes separated from the two people remaining in his life. Director Danny Boyle effectively demonstrates the dissention between the Indian social classes throughout the injustices bore against the people, the fight for economic gains, and Jamal’s indifference to the money earned in ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’....   [tags: Marxist Criticism, Movie Analysis] 751 words
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Gap of Inequality Between Social Classes in the United States - In the article “Confronting Inequality”, Paul Krugman argues that the gap of inequality between social classes in the United States is growing because of self- interest. He cites a “movement conservative”, Irving Kristol, who claims income inequality is not important because there is social equality. Krugman uses Kristol’s statement as a starting position to state his own. Krugman describes the claim as being a “fantasy world” and not the “real America we live in” (Krugman 246). I agree with his statement, many people were not aware of this issue five years ago, the fact that the upper class is gaining power....   [tags: Sociology] 755 words
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The Victorian Age Attitudes Between Social Classes - The Victorian Age saw the development of intricate social classes. These social classes did not just hang over people’s heads, but was an important part of life in the Victorian Age. The classes continued to develop, and distinct classes began to show. The upper, middle, and lower class all emerged, with each class based on their income and style of living (Cody). The classes began to build feelings on one another. The lower class was left out of positions of power, while the upper class controlled most of everything....   [tags: upper and lower class, underpaid, overworked]
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Pip's Perspectives on Social Classes in Great Expectations - ... When Abel had told him that, “There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am an Angel,” (II, Page 6) as a threat to ensure that Pip would bring him the food without speaking a word of what he had seen, Pip not only believed the tale, but assumes another man in the marsh is the young man, on the way to bring Abel the food. “It's the young man!" I thought, feeling my heart shoot as I identified him. I dare say I should have felt a pain in my liver, too, if I had known where it was.” (III, Page 16) He also shows compassion to Abel, although frightened by his appearance during their exchange while Abel eats, "Did you speak?" "I said I was glad you enjoyed it." "T...   [tags: Charles Dickens novels, character analysis]
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Poverty in Social Classes - Poverty in Social Classes The world contains a lot of societies, cultures, and classes. Each household belongs to some social class that represents their level of education, their work position, and their financial status. These different classes have created a conflict between people. It fills rich people's minds with the thought that poor people are criminals, and that conflict ended up with creating poverty. The authors Gilbert, Kahl, Magnet, and Gans are discussing the important causes and reasons that created poverty in comparing and contrasting these points with each other....   [tags: Essays on Poverty] 665 words
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Social Classes Throughout History - Social Classes Throughout History The gap between different classes has always been very prominent in history. It was none so prominent as to the 1800s. This time was one of poor and rich, peasants and snobs. The gap between the classes was huge and people thought it would never be bridged. However, towards the late 1800 a tie started to form between the classes. This tie was one of understanding rather than one of comrade....   [tags: Papers] 825 words
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Teen Social Classes - My high school was like any other, and within its walls, you could find the standard division of teen culture played out in three main categories: the popular kids, the nerds & the metal heads. Though the names of each clique may change from one generation to the next, the roles remain the same. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made history when they beseiged their high school in the deadliest massacre ever recorded in United States history for an American high school. In the aftermath of Columbine, the writings and videos left behind by the shooters made it clear that they were enraged by the low-level position imposed on them by the upper echelon of their classmates....   [tags: Sociology] 734 words
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European Social Classes - An unknown poet in the medieval times described the three social classes of European society of his time in this way: “One toils, one prays, and one defends.” Let us examine these social classes, their lives and what part they played in building their Europe. One Toils The common place peasants were referred to as toilers, because they held the base positions of workers (farmers, welders, herders, barbers). Their lives consisted of ever changing working assignments that were dictated by season and need by superior officials (clergy or political)....   [tags: essays research papers] 547 words
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The Distinction of Social Classes in Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser - By the later part of the 1800’s New York and Chicago were some of the largest cities in the world and both had populations that exceeded a million. With the growing population, the economy’s stability began to fluctuate. The instability within the states gave rise to two distinct populations within America, the upper and the working classes. Theodore Dreiser, knowing the volatile state America was built upon, highlighted the economic differences between the wealthy and the poor in his novel Sister Carrie....   [tags: economics, wealth, income]
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An investigation into the linguistic features of supermarket advertising and its relationship with social class - An investigation into the linguistic features of supermarket advertising and its relationship with social class Introduction and Literature Review This study will consider the grammatical and phonological features of supermarket advertising, using adverts from a range of supermarkets, each with a different target consumer range of a different social class group. Prior to gathering information, I consulted a plethora of literature. I shall begin this analysis by referring to a statement from Sean Brierley; ‘consumers self-identify with products, and buy when they can see a match with their own personality.(2002:124)’ This implies that the linguistic features advert should correlate with t...   [tags: Social Classes, Speech Communities]
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Social Classes, Prostitution and Jack the Ripper in the 19th Century England - After the Age of Enlightenment in the mid 18th century in England, the tension between the social classes intensified even more. A huge gap generated between the aristocrats and the working class, but dozens of new layers of society appeared. While the rich lived to the fullest, the lower class starved and needed to find alternative ways of money making. Prostitution became more and more widespread, which lead to an inequality and social stratification between poor and rich and due to the economical crisis the number of prostitutes grew from year to year....   [tags: Aristocrats, Working Class, Age of Enlightenment]
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Love between Social Classes in The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby - Of all the archetypes of American literature, none presents such radically evolved ideas as the Modernism movement. Its overarching concepts remain in flux and provide contrasting glimpses of multitudes of topics; however, just as many of its central tenets remain unchanged between novels, years, and the digression from form that humanity’s modern culture condones. The ideas and concepts that John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald put forth in their novels, The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby, are not exceptions....   [tags: John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald ]
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Social Classes in Revolutional France in Les Miserable by Victor Hugo - ... Cosette thinks of Valjean as her father and so does everyone that knows them, so Valjean does not want to do anything that will tarnish her name and give her hardships. Cosette gives Valjen comfort and the strength to never stop trying. Once Cosette is older she falls in love with a boy called Marius. Marius comes from a very wealthy family. He is in distraught over the fact that he never met his father since his father and grandfather had very different political views and they were always at odd with each other....   [tags: injustices, lessons, honest] 2874 words
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What the Social Classes Owe Each Other an Article by William Graham Sumner - ... She was able to prove that welfare is a necessary part of the government and most people cannot get by without it. Not everyone starts out on the same playing field. Without a college degree, it is very difficult to get a financially stable job. To get a college degree you need some sort of income to pay for your schooling. She did not have a degree and ended up working for 7 dollars an hour or less. The work was both stressful and degrading. Similar to Ehrenreich, a professor named Frances Fox Piven wrote a book titled “The Nature of Disruptive Power”....   [tags: poor, rich, middle class] 990 words
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The Comparison of Social Classes through Analysis of Pygmalion - The classic play Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw is his analysis of the prevailing society of the time. The title comes from the Greek myth of Pygmalion, who was a renowned sculptor and created a flawless statue whose beauty remained unmatched. At the sculptor’s request the God put life into the work of stone and thus the statue Galatea came to life. Accordingly Shaw adapts the myth to suit his own purpose. The statue in this case is Eliza Dolittle, who sells flowers in Convent Gardens....   [tags: hierarchy, genteels, manners]
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Social Classes in America - Social class divisions have always played a prominent role in America. These class distinctions inflict unfair on all Americans. The idea of social class has been a central concept in determining the opportunities a person is capable of having. People from different socioeconomic backgrounds live different lifestyles as well as have different opportunities available to them....   [tags: Informative Essay] 3261 words
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American Social Classes in the Book The House on Mango Street - American Social Classes in the Book The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street is a book written from the perspective of a young child, Esparanza. This girl views her life in an extremely poetic fashion; she explains almost everything in a manner that is very decorated and distant from normal speech. Each chapter consists of a different aspect or event pertaining to Esparanza's life. She concerns herself with things that seem trivial or simply unimportant. An example of her seemingly pointless rambling is the chapter titled "Hairs." In this chapter, she explains the hair of each person in her family using an overabundance of similes....   [tags: Papers] 512 words
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Education Gap Between Social Classes and Race - In a world filled with useful resources, everyone dreams to be able to achieve great things; however, in order to do so, one must attain a respectable fluid and crystallized intelligence; education is a significant part of human resource development. The imparting of education leads to the development of understanding, perception, attitude, and efficiency of the working population. It has been considered as a lever to raise one's position in society as well as a tool to fight against poverty and ignorance; it is a gateway to the American Dream....   [tags: education, schooling, american dream]
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A Comparison of Social Classes in America vs. 1984 - Social Classes in America vs. 1984 If you have ever read the book 1984 by George Orwell, then an interesting topic may have crossed your mind. The way the classes of people break down can be quite similar, and very different at times. In the United States, we have classes like the lower class, the working class, and the middle class. In 1984, there were such classes as the Proles, the Outer Party, and the Inner Party. The way the classes are broken down in 1984 reminds me a little bit of my old history class....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1164 words
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Language Settings and Social Classes in Blood Brothers - Mickeys first line in the scene is "mother are you going to open the bleeding door or what" he is only seven and is swearing already which indicates that he could have had a rough upbringing and we already know that the mother is not very well off. The mother replies "Mickey?" questioning who it is Mickey then replies "whats up mam did you think I was the rent man." the mother is obviously avoiding the rent man due to financial struggle. He explains how he has been playing cow boys and Indians which shows he must not have many tows and has learnt to use his imagination....   [tags: Blood Brothers Willy Russell Social Class Essays] 986 words
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Clash of Classes and Cultures in Educating Rita - Clash of Classes and Cultures in Educating Rita To What Extent Would You Agree That Educating Rita Depicts a Clash of Classes and Cultures. 'Educating Rita' is a play by Willy Russell, a dramatist recently turned novelist. 'Educating Rita' contains only two characters, a young woman called Rita and a middle-aged man called Frank, although this may sound boring these characters are so interesting that anymore characters would ruin the ambiance of the play. In the early part of the play Rita, a hairdresser from north-west England, has started an Open University course with Frank, a university lecturer in his early fifties, in order to change herself....   [tags: Educating Rita Social Classes Cultural Essays] 834 words
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The Cricket on the Hearth and a Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens is arguably one of the best writers of his time. He wrote many classic novels that are still appreciated today. A Tale of Two Cities is known for its description of the events leading up to the French Revolution, in two very different places, London, England; and Paris, France. The Cricket on the Hearth is a touching story of two young people in love, and the lack of trust that occurs between them. Oliver Twist is the tale of a young orphan and his struggles to advance in social classes....   [tags: french revolution, social classes]
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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald - In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald writes about the distinctions between the social classes and status during the twentieth century. Fitzgerald's novel takes place in the 1920's after World War 1, which was a time of excess and wealth. The "roaring '20s" set a perfect stage for Fitzgerald to use setting to explain the differences between the three social classes in his book. Fitzgerald shows the contrasting features between the West and East Egg in New York. Fitzgerald describes Gatsby's house and the house of Tom and Daisy to show the difference between the social classes on either side of the bay....   [tags: Social Classes, Book Review]
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Description of a Just Society in Book III of Plato’s Republic Socrates - In Book III of Plato’s Republic Socrates is describing his “just society”. He uses the metaphor of people being made of metal to describe which class they belong in. He uses an example of “some men the power of command, and in the composition of these he has mingled gold, wherefore also they have the greatest honour”. He then describes the next class of people being made of silver, who are to be “auxiliaries”, which is describing some sort of warrior. The final two classes of people he describes are composed of brass and iron, which will be the “husbandmen and craftsmen”....   [tags: talent, social classes, utilitarianism]
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Different Ideologies in Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto - The Communist Manifesto Communism movements were revolutionary or proletarian movements that were inspired by the ideas of Marxism concerning the social inequality that was a major concern in the 19th century. These revolutions aimed at replacing the then dominant capitalist era with socialism. Communism was driven by the ideas of Marx and suggested that the workers of the world were to be united and free themselves from the capitalist oppression, and this was to create a world run by the working class (Marx, Philip and Friedrich, 5)....   [tags: revolution, social classes, society] 1093 words
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Satirical Comments in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... This exclusive class that was limited to a small part of the population influences many people to focus more on a persons appearance rather than other important traits that form a person. This is shown clearly through the characters illustrated in “The Important of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde expresses his concern of people trying to maintain an upper class reputation through the characters of the play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” During the Victorian Period members of the upper class displayed pride, and felt that they were entitled to their wealth and status and also believed it is only appropriate to marry within their social class....   [tags: social classes, aristocracy] 983 words
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Titanic: The Most Fascinating and Well-known Ship in History - The most fascinating and well-known ship in history was the Titanic, which was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 31st of March in 1909. When the Titanic boarded on her maiden voyage on the 11th of April in 1912, the world was filled with confidence and respect only to realize that in just a few short days, their emotions would be overwhelmed with feelings of heartache and shock. The time period of the Titanic is now historical, but the heart-rending personal tragedies of the passengers aboard the “Unsinkable” ship still remains a powerful focus in our world today....   [tags: passengers, social classes, flood] 1693 words
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Shop Until You Drop: The Consumerism Stigma - Introduction (1/2 Page) Whether for good or bad, people consume in order to feel good about them. This might occur through fitting-in, feeling confident, participating in the culture of shopping, or communicating with others. Consumerism has become a universal behaviour amongst most people and groups. According to Sharon Boden, consumption is affected by both external and internal constraints and expectations (150). I argue that consumerism and consumption is no longer an accurate indicator of a person’s actual status and wealth....   [tags: Consumption, Social Classes]
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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - ... Newland Archer is full of himself and as Jennifer Bussey suggests he is a “man of the world,’ and he does not understand that there is a lower class. Lauren Tomlinson also brought up the idea of a hypocritical society with materialistic tendencies. Literary Analysis of The Age of Innocence; an article that explores the struggle of high society and the affects it has on a person believes that Wharton used the Victorian-Era to show the struggles that people faced in a developing time. But on the material side, Mr....   [tags: social classes, money, symbol]
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The Effects of Gender Stratification on Women - Gender stratification is the cuts across all aspects of social life and social classes. It refers to the inequality distribution of wealth, power and privilege between men and women at the basis of their sex. The world has been divided and organized by gender, which are the behavioural differences between men and women that are culturally learnt (Appelbaum & Chambliss, 1997:218). The society is in fact historically shaped by males and the issue regarding the fact has been publicly reverberating through society for decades and now is still a debatably hot topic....   [tags: Social Classes, Inequality] 1273 words
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The French Revolution, King Louis XVI - In a time of great dispute and confusion, it took the courage of one man to rise up against the opposition and throw out the revolutionary ideas. The French Revolution started in 1789 and concluded in 1799, but the revolution began due to the unrest of the peasantry and the supposed treasonous acts committed by King Louis XVI. As a result, the social classes revolted against the King and this led to his execution, which left France without a leader until Napoleon Bonaparte took control of the revolutionaries and became the ruler....   [tags: french social classes, Napoleon]
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Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell - Through attention to detail, repeated comparison, shifting tone, and dialogue that gives the characters an opportunity to voice their feelings, Elizabeth Gaskell creates a divide between the poor working class and the rich higher class in Mary Barton. Gaskell places emphasis on the differences that separate both classes by describing the lavish, comfortable, and extravagant life that the wealthy enjoy and compares it to the impoverished and miserable life that the poor have to survive through. Though Gaskell displays the inequality that is present between both social classes, she also shows that there are similarities between them....   [tags: social classes, rich, poor]
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The Life of Charles Dickens - ... Dickens repeatedly writes on how the court system is based on money and influence, not on guilt or innocence. Pip’s first encounter with Newgate is not one to brag about, either. Upon walking up to the prison, Pip is offered a spectacular view of the courtroom, for just a small fee. This is offered to him by the very drunk minister of justice whom Pip makes the inference that his clothing had just been bought from the executioner right off a dead man. When it’s Magwitch’s turn for his sentencing, Pip is distraught by the fact that Magwitch receives his news along with over thirty other convicts simply because they want to speed things up....   [tags: social classes, economic struggles] 746 words
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Integrating Global Education into Middle School Social Studies Classes - Middle school education is often deemed a period of transition from childhood into young adulthood where social outlets and influence are of increasing importance. It is a unique age group, one that often invokes statements from adults of: “You teach in middle school. How can you do that?” It is a difficult age, one with numerous challenges for the individual as the child tries to find his or her place in the upcoming adult world. According to the National Council for the Social Studies or NCSS, almost 50% of 10 through 17 year olds are at risk for behaviors such as failure, drugs and violence (NCSS, 1991)....   [tags: secondary Education, teachers, teaching]
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Social Classes in George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and the Movie "My Fair Lady" - George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is a humorous, yet moral, play that portrays the active social classes and lifestyles in Britain. The play features the main character Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who embarks on the formidable task of teaching a flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, how to speak English properly, and then passing her off as a duchess at the royal ball. Pygmalion was later adapted into the film, My Fair Lady in 1964, and although there are many differences between the two, the play delivers Shaw’s central message of social criticism, which is not to interfere within other social classes and not to meddle in society, more effectively than the movie....   [tags: George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, classism, My Fair ] 567 words
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Social Classes of Industrial England in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Social Classes of Industrial England in Charles Dickens' Hard Times In his novel, Hard Times, Charles Dickens used his characters to describe the caste system that had been shaped by industrial England. By looking at three main characters, Stephen Blackpool, Mr. Josiah Bounderby, and Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, one can see the different classes that were industrial England. Stephen Blackpool represented the most abundant and least represented caste in industrial England, the lower class (also called the hands) in Charles Dickens' novel....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 532 words
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Social Classes and the Strains They May Cause in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Social Classes and the Strains They May Cause in The Awakening by Kate Chopin In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin, class structures are a significant key to some of the actions of three main characters. Leonce, who is married to Edna, is the character who goes along with the upper-class structure because he wants to be accepted by his peers. Robert, who falls in love with Edna, is too scared to go against the traditional thinking of the upper class. Finally, Edna, who is the main character in the novel, does go against her upper-class structure for her own happiness....   [tags: Kate Chopin Awakening Papers]
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Social Groups of the Upper and Lower Classes of Hanoi - ... Results: In Hanoi many of the locals sell their produce or goods from the side of the roads, their own homes and the famous traditional markets that are squished together with stalls and people. We see that these are the important aspects of their lives the upper class. The lower classes make their livings from these markets. ‘The local economy in the form of small scale shops is extremely important for the lesser well-off in society.’ (Geertman,2010) the profits are then returned to them as they don’t have to pay rent as many thought they were entitled to the space where they sold their goods ....   [tags: changes in tradition and custom, development]
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Language and Class: A Glossary of Sociolinguistics by Trudgill - In order to study the oldest version of language of a country, scientists typically use a NORM to determine what exactly this variant is for a specific location. The NORM is a non-mobile, older, male from the countryside, or a rural area, to fit the acronym. However, the language variants of the NORMs all over a country are definitely not the standard. Great differences in speech can seen in opposing social classes, age groups, living areas and sexes, whereas the Joe Average is just a middle class, city dwelling male and not the answer to all linguistic questions....   [tags: rural communities, NORM, social classes]
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Hardship and Misery Prevailed in Pre-Revolutionary Russia. - Each of the social classes in pre-revolutionary Russia all endured extremely different lifestyles, some living prosperously and contently, but a majority living in horrible circumstances, deprived of basic human rights. For this reason, the proposition “Hardship and misery prevailed in pre-revolutionary societies” is accurate to a high extent, as prior to the revolution, most of the population, particularly the peasants and urban workers, suffered immensely due to the embedded inequality of the autocratic system....   [tags: human rights, social classes, revolution]
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The Undeserving and Deserving Poor Structure - Having only recently permeated the public and political lexicon, there are few debates that evoke such passion as that of the underclass. Karl Marx tabled the idea of the lumpen proletariat, yet in the modern era, the concept did not take hold in Britain until 1989. Today, the debate focuses on whether frictional forces create a continuum of inequality, or whether a defined underclass does exist. The question asks if 'poor people' belong in a separate underclass, which is a vague definition. There will always be 'poor people', but whether or not this automatically qualifies them as a separate underclass is tenuous at best....   [tags: poor people, social classes, underclass]
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The Negative Effect of Golf - According to sports, golf become more popular in our society, many people are practice it and other play golf as a hobby. This research will be about golf and the negative affect that cause to society in past or even today. Golfing aims a lot of discrimination among women, it provided racism and the cost of this sport creates tension between social classes. In past, golf provided racism and only white people could have access to it. The article, “Race Relations And The Sports Of Golf: The African American Legacy”, by Marvin P....   [tags: sports, discrimination, society, social classes]
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The Symbolism of West Egg and East Egg in The Great Gatsby - In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a working class mistress and a wealthy bootlegger pay the ultimate price for having lovers outside of their social structure. The social structures in the novel do not revolve solely around the poor, the working class, and the wealthy. Fitzgerald creates a divide between those inheritably rich and those who have worked for their riches. The symbolism of West Egg and East Egg, two fictional communities located on Long Island, are used to emphasize the strain on romantic relationships between people of varying class structures within the wealthy class....   [tags: great gatsby, the wealthy, social classes] 770 words
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The Extent to Which Differences in Educational Achievement for Different Social Classes are Based on Factors in the Home - The Extent to Which Differences in Educational Achievement for Different Social Classes are Based on Factors in the Home To some extent but other things as well out side the home such as the school. There are differences in educational achievement for different social classes based on the factors in the home. For example a child could be living in a rich, big house and another child could be living in a small and poor house. The difference is that one child has the money to provide for resources such as books to develop his learning....   [tags: Papers] 514 words
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Intergenerational Mobility - Intergenerational Mobility is defined as: “social movement within or between social classes and occupations, the change occurring from one generation to the next” (Collins). Intergenerational Mobility is when the background, resources, income, occupation, education, ethnicity, culture, place of residence, etc. of one generation (for this paper’s purposes, the first generation I’ll examine will be The Baby Boomers) determines the economic status of future generations (for this paper’s purposes, the second generation I’ll examine will be Generation Y)....   [tags: social classes, economics]
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Rivalry and Etiquette within Roman Fever by Edith Wharton - In social gatherings women were considered the head of the family, via social events. Women had strict social etiquette to which the upper classes had to bid by. However, there were a few occasions in which young ladies stepped outside of the social norm. Like in “Roman Fever” two women appear as social friends if not siblings forming a rivalry between them, competing for the hand of Delphin Slade. These expressions of rivalry pushed young women into secret affairs that rivals used to ruin the competitions reputation within society....   [tags: social gatherings, upper classes, ]
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Hard Times, by Charles Dickens - The characters of Charles Dickens’ fictional english city, Coketown, mirror the relationships and cross-class understandings of class in mid-nineteenth-century England. The influence of both enlightenment and romantic tendencies are evidently portrayed in the Upper and Lower classes of Coketown, and speak to the respective understandings of the characters view of society being relative to their own station within society. Coketown’s social identity is revealed through the restrictions and advantages of the different levels of society and how they contribute to the relationships and understandings between upper and lower classes....   [tags: Social Identity, Classes] 1335 words
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District 9: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing - Lights, cameras, action; is all in which a movie is processed when viewed my others through millions of pixels of film. The critical evaluation of the movie is only seen through the eyes of those who think deep within the overall picture. District 9 is the perfect movie to correlate to the readings that is comprised to be read in American Cultural Studies. There are readings throughout the assigned book Rereading America that will relate to scenes in the film District 9. It will inform, as printed on the cover, how the readings and scenes provide a substance for cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing....   [tags: race, social classes, gender, culture] 1178 words
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