Inequality Remains in America

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Throughout history, America has been known to fight for equality for all. Though people tend to assume that every individual in our nation receives equal treatment, they neglect the fact that the actions of the poor are looked down upon by the higher classes and powers. Henry Miller, an American writer known to criticize society, observes that “We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly, it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.” Miller alludes to the social confinements that poor Americans are forced to abide by to keep from being seen as social pariahs. Though America promotes the idea that our nation is based on a system where all the people are equal, the American system is flawed to where it has adapted itself into furthering inequality through the restrictions that bind the majority of the country. These unnoticed societal restrictions results in an elephantine gap between the upper and lower class. In order to rise up socially and financially in America, one must go through illegal means. In examining F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the controversial issues that Miller refers to seems to be accurate. I will further prove the accuracy of Miller’s quote by analyzing the roaring twenties during the Prohibition Act, supplementing an example of attempts to climb the socioeconomic ladder, and In the early 1920’s, the government passed the National Prohibition Act, banning the manufacture, sale, transport, import, and export of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition was meant to reduce the consumption of alcohol, seen by some as the devil’s advocate, and thereby reduce crime, poverty, death rates, improve the economy, and the ... ... middle of paper ... ...s, into never being able to rise up socio-economically. Because of their great benefit of wealth, the rich will continuously grow swankier and more powerful in society as they suppress the poor from having the opportunity to move up to their same level. Works Cited Appleby, Joyce Oldham. The American Vision: Modern Times. New York. Glencoe Mc Graw-Hill, 2006. (print.) Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, New York: Scribner, 2004 (print.) Schiller, Bradley R. The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination. Englecliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.1973. (print.) Scott, Brent A. “Beauty, Personality, and Affect as Antecedents of Counterproductive Work Behavior Receipt.” Taylor and Francis Online. 14 April 2013. 13 April 2014. (internet.) Wallenstein, Andrew. “‘30 Days’ in Someone Else’s Shoe.” National Public Radio. 15 June 2005. 8 April 2014. (internet.)
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