Folks

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Society has developed the concept of social class to categorize people into different groups based on economic, political, and educational status. The three primary social classes in the United States include; the upper class, middle class, and lower class. There are several subgroups within these extensive sections. This system of social ranking contributes to the difficulties that the middle and lower classes have to experience in order to succeed in the United States; always trying to obtain the success and respect that the upper class receives. America is a place where all people are supposed to be equal, but social class has created divisions in our society. The first class to be discussed will be the upper class, because after all, it is claims “superior” to everyone else. This group contains the super wealthy, super famous, super intellegent, super talented and super powerful; some who have worked hard to be where they are and others who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Although this class does not make up a large percentage of our population, those in the upper class account for a large percentage of the economy, and attract a great amount of media attention. Whether they like it or not, the lower classes are forced to look up to these “elite human beings” because everything they do, every accomplishment, big or small is advertised for the world to see. The middle class is by far the most vaguely defined group. It can be used to describe those in-between the extremes of upper and lower class. The people in the middle class may consider themselves average, but the fact is, the United States definition for this category is very different as opposed to other countries middle classes. The middle class is a good... ... middle of paper ... ... 23 of To Kill A Mockingbird, "No, everybody's gotta learn, nobody is born knowin'. That Walter's as smart as he can be, he just gets held back sometimes because he has to stay out and help his daddy. Nothin's wrong with him. Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." Unfortunately, social class has become the backbone of the American society, where being upper-class gives people an advantage and a controlling position in the United States. In order for some people to feel secure and happy, they feel that they need to move up in the social ladder. But truly, it doesn’t matter where one ranks on the social ladder, what really matters is what is on the inside. If more people could realize that morals and values are more important than wealth, political power, and fame combined; everyone would get along better and the world would be a better place to be.

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