Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. But where does real power actually thrive from? According to many websites, articles, and books, power is fueled from your position is society. How high up you are, what job you have, what is your income. Things that make you successful are large contributing factors to your amount of power. Based on the books, A Doll’s House, Things Fall Apart, and Game of Thrones, the higher social status/class you are, the more power you can obtain.
In the book, Game of Thrones, there are many examples of power, and how it’s related to social class. In this series, all of the high lords are wealthy landowners. They own vast plains and farms and are the master to many servants and maids. They have lots of money from their farms and collect taxes from within their borders. This is a great example of how power is related to social class because all of these things that makes them a lord, like owning land, also contributes to social class. According to this book, social class directly correlates with power.
In the story, Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has a lot of power in his society. He is wealthy because of hard work; he owns lots of yams and is a very respected individual. Once again, his social status is high, and so is his level of power. People in his village listen to him and will do what he says. That is basically the definition of power. He can influence the ways of others and the way things will play out. None of that would be possible for Okonkwo if he was poor. People wouldn’t respect or follow him if he owned no land and was low in society. A high social status is necessary to hold power.
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...a almost blows it for him, it’s no wonder he becomes very upset. He’s worked very hard to get where he is in society. “How painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his manly independence, to know that he owed me anything!” (Ibsen 567). This quote expresses how People would not respect Torvald if they Knew his success was partially from his wife. Back in that age he would be ruined when it wasn’t socially acceptable.
Over all you can tell that a high social class is required to hold power. If the people you intend to rule don’t respect or follow you, they will not let you rule. It’d be kinda like if our president worked at a fast food restaurant before becoming president. Would you want to be governed by him? Of Course not; he has no leadership skills and no one would respect him. That is solid proof that you need to be popular and liked to hold power.
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