Working Class Hero Essays

  • Upton Sinclair: A Hero to the Working Class People

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    Today, Upton Sinclair is regarded as a hero to the working class people. He is currently recognized for the extensive work he has accomplished, such as most famously writing The Jungle. This dynamically contrasts the way Upton was viewed during his time. Although some viewed him as famous, his fame was controversial. Many denounced his religious and political views, and felt he was extremely unpatriotic. While reviewing several documents and periodicals from his time period, it was proven that many

  • Relationship Between The English Leisure Class And Tobacco Use In Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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    While this recurring satiric image seems to imply a static relationship between the English leisure class and tobacco use in the eighteenth century, this simply was not the case. Even before our image of the pipe-smoking gentleman had solidified in the public conscience, the English social class began to make a deliberate turn away from smoking and heavy alcohol consumption. “[A] modern diet of milder intoxicants,” notes Withington, became increasingly “integral to what has been styled the ‘culture

  • Falling Down

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    Falling Down The 1993 film falling down provides a look into two separate men’s lives in the course of one day. Although the movie was highly acclaimed for it’s portrayal of the new human situation, the covert and overt racism, sexism, and classism leave a sour taste in this viewer’s mouth. The movie comes across as a lame attempt to show the “White man’s ever growing burden.” The audience is expected to feel a compassion for both lead characters. The message that is supposed to be portrayed

  • The Character of Pavel as a Revolutionary Hero in Gorky's Novel, Mother

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    Mother by Maxim Gorky Question: Evaluate the character of Pavel as a revolutionary hero in “Mother”. Answer: “Mother” is a masterpiece of Maxim Gorky where he depicts a revolution against the bourgeois society. Being greatly influenced by the thoughts and philosophy of Lenin, Maxim Gorky is greatly shocked and frustrated by the ignorance, poverty and sufferings of his country people. He wants to establish the equal rights of the people in the society. In this novel Pavel is a character portrayed

  • Analysis of South of the Slot by Jack London

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    Jack London The slot is a metaphor of the “class cleavage of society”. There was a contrast between the North and South of the Slot in terms of building types: in the North were the higher-class centers of diversion, lodging, and business; and in the South were the lower-class centers of lodging, unskilled work/business. The buildings are figures of two contrasting classes that were segregated (?). In order to study the southern people (the working class) a sociology professor of the University of

  • Roman Art Research Paper

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    democracy, wanting freedom from their monarchical governments. There too, art was created to show their beliefs in wanting the common man’s reality to become everyone’s reality. The Realism period’s focus was to show the common man and celebrate the working class, as the people were starting to want democratic governments. Roman art’s purpose was to commemorate important individuals and their achievements (Henig). A specific piece of art made during the Roman period was The Return of the Body of Meleager

  • Lengel's Role Of Classism In A & P, By John Updike

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    In the short story “A&P” by John Updike, the narrator Sammy characterizes his boss, Lengel, as an oppressive figure that represents the Bourgeoisie class in order to exploit the conditions of the working class. By characterizing Lengel as a strict yet lazy manager, Updike emphasizes how those in a position of power control the lower classes who are dependent upon them. His characterization as a manipulative figure also contributes to the use of religion and colonizing the conscious as a way of controlling

  • The Tragedy of Myrtle Wilson

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    Myrtle’s ambition proves to be her fatal flaw in being the tragic hero. The goal of her ambition is to lead her to a higher social status. In pursuit of her ambition she expresses that her husband, George Wilson, serves as an obstacle since he is in the opposite direction of where she wishes to be. She expresses disgust in George for committing actions that are considered lowly by her standards. She was particularly unenthused with her husband after it is revealed that “he borrowed somebody’s best

  • American Comedy and Issues of Social Class in America

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    American Comedy and Issues of Social Class in America Issues of the social class have been an important element of American film comedies. Since the silent era until the current day, comedy films tend to focus on many contemporary common social class issues in America. During the silent era of film, the three well known comedians, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Throughout his films, Chaplin's character is portrayed as a lower-class man, who is trying to climb the social

  • Education Influencing Social Class

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    levels of social class. Social classes are determined by the education you received, the job you hold, the money you have and the people you socialize with. Sociologist Max Weber introduced three factors that determined social class. They are class, which determines a persons place in society, power, defined as a person’s ability to get what they want, and status, the amount of prestige or social clout one may have. These were later divided into subclasses. They are the upper class, or the elite

  • Hitler's Victory at the 1936 Summer Olympics

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    place. 2. Working Class Participants could raise their status in the world through their own efforts. Participants in all situations, could be judged on their individual actions, not on the economic status of their parents or ancestors alone. The German 1936 Summer Olympic Team did not let Hitler down. The German team, consisting completely of White Nordic Christian members, came in first place during the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. Among the working class German athletes

  • Class Consciousness in Country Music

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    Class Consciousness in Country Music The term class consciousness, like any term which attempts to define group mentality, is somewhat imprecise. This lack of precision, of course, lends itself to the provocation of scholarly dispute. Historians of the labor movement in the United States have written volumes about both the meaning of class consciousness and the question of whether American workers possess it, however defined. While there are some demurs, most historians, including the non-Marxists

  • R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End

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    in this play were to challenge the expectations of middle-class theatregoers, concerning the truth about war and not just propaganda. Destroying all stereotypes whether or not the character is upper, middle or working class. As well as this Sherriff was trying to change the views of class in society. The officers should not be born into their rank but placed in their rightful position. An officer needs to be loyal and hard working, and should not be positioned there because of their wealthy

  • Joe Beef

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    Montreal, this tavern regulated many working class people along with others who lived in poverty. This tavern was not just a place to have a pint, it acted as an aid for shelter, sickness, hunger and even unemployment. Joe Beefs Tavern was owned by former sergeant Charles Mckiernan, was an iconic figure to many people because of his generosity and dedication to helping others. Unfortunately, Mckiernan’s acts of kindness were hazardous in the eyes of the middle class people and posed a threat to the social

  • An Analysis Of The Bacon's Rebellion

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    named Nathaniel Bacon. Nathaniel Bacon was brought up as a moderately rich and powerful man. He was known as a “young, bold, active, of an inviting aspect, and powerful elocution” (Beverley pg. 2). Nathaniel Bacon can be remembered as a hero for leading a lower class against a “corrupt” government and creating unity between communities, but it also can be argued

  • A Tale of Manchester Life

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    people and a working class heroine in an industrial situation. Her husband William Gaskell was a minister in a Unitarian church and many mill owners went to the church. They looked down on her as she wrote about things they didn’t want to hear but her husband encouraged her to write it. She wrote it to firstly get over the death of her son and there are a few child deaths in it. Secondly to get across to mill owners and members of higher classes what it was like to be working class. She didn’t

  • Compare and Contrast the Representation of Masculinity of John Wayne’s Rio Bravo (1959) and Die Hard (1988).

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    Narratives of the hero action has sustained the interests of audiences across the ‘changing space and time’ of popular culture and has become a ‘stalwart genre’ (Shimpach, 2010:30). This study will explore the construction of hegemonic masculinity by comparing the representation of heroic masculinity between John McClane (Die Hard, 1988) and John Wayne (Rio Bravo, 1959). It will examine: the framing of the physical body, the development of intelligence, the role of emotion and the depiction of heroes

  • Socialism In Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano

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    (Vonnegut 70). He proceeds to fix the fuel pump and, lo and behold he was right, that was the source of the problem. This individual does not lack the intellectual ability to become an engineer, but lacks the aspiration and ambition to do so. The working class has no purpose; they feel lesser hence they do not have goals or want to be anything other than what they are. Capitalism produces a system where the value of the worker becomes deflated. They are being alienated due to the circumstances surrounding

  • Saturday Night and Rome,the Open City

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    Open City The most significant film of the 1960s British new wave in cinema, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was in many ways the most influential of the group, with its powerful anti-establishment stance, unblushing treatment of sex and working class protagonist: Arthur Seaton was something new in British cinema. While other films of the period have dated somewhat, most of Reisz’s ground-breaking film looks as fresh and powerful as ever, and it's valid to observe just how good Albert Finney

  • The Cherry Orchard and the Rise of Bolshevism

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    political sentiments that will ultimately replace both the aristocratic class and the new commercial class. Chekhov's presenting Lopakhin as a pioneer of the new social order is undermined by the lines and role he gives to Trofimov, and the author discounts the importance of the then-emerging revolutionaries. Yet the play reveals a major reason why Communism ultimately received very little support from the gradual-minded middle class, which lead to a bloody revolution and totalitarian regimes for a good