Social Inequality In Society

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"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And poof-he was gone" (Usual Suspects). Today's devil is not a physicla being, but a metaphorical one. That of inequality on a worldwide scale. Although people would like to think that social inequality has been all, but destroyed in modern society it is still featured heavily within our media. Social inequality is the process of society limiting or harming a group’s social status. Prejudice can be based on class, race, and gender. It exists in all levels of media and reality. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hunger Games show classism while The Little Mermaid and Antigone display sexism. Racism can be seen in The Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Black Like Me. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the daughter of an affluent lawyer in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb. Over the summer Scout and her brother Jem befriend a boy named Dill who lives near by for the summer. Dill becomes interested in a house on their street where Arthur (Boo) Radley has lived for many years without going outside. That fall, Jem and Scout start to find gifts in the keyhole of a tree on the Radley property. The next summer Dill, Scout, and Jem try to act out the story of Boo Radley. Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father explains to them that they should try to see life from Boo’s point of view. When Atticus takes the case of a black man named Tom Robinson accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell, Maycomb’s white community gets very upset. Jem and Scout get the brunt of the towns distress from other children. As the trial date comes closer the people get restless and a lynch mob forms. Atticus talks the mob down and Jem and Scout who snuck out a... ... middle of paper ... ...n color. Even those that mean well reveal racism when they speak. A white man in the movie speaks nicely to John. However, he calls John, a fully grown man, boy. Even blacks display racism preferring lighter skin over dark skin. Social Inequality exists in all levels of media and reality. In The Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet racism was shown toward Henry for not being white and to Kieko for being Japanese. In Black Like Me racism is shown in the way John is treated. Sexism is shown in The Little Mermaid by the way Ariel and Ursula are portrayed and in Antigone in the way Ismene and Creon act toward Antigone. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hunger Games show classism because both societies are very class dependant. People like to believe that social inequality is no longer an issue, but the fact that it is featured so heavily in the media tell another story.
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