His family was far from wealthy and at the age of fourteen years old, Hewes became a shoemaker apprentice. This outlet in life was undesirable for Hewes because “The town’s shoemakers were generally poor and their prospects were worsening” (Young 14). If Hewes were to lead his entire life as a shoemaker, he would be looking at a long life of hard work with little reward. Douglass’s life, too, did not start out very well.
Through indirect characterization, Sandra Cisneros’ vignette “Geraldo No Last Name” demonstrates that your social status is a big contributor to how you are treated in society. For instance, when the narrator describes Geraldo, they acknowledge the fact that “They never saw the kitchenettes. They never knew about the two-room flats and sleeping rooms he rented”. Cisneros gives readers enough details to conclude that because Geraldo is recognized as just another brazer and wetback, he is forced to live in these poor conditions because society views him as irrelevant. People with low social status are often ignored by society because they are seen as insignificant.
One way Morpurgo demonstrates the conflict between the powerful and the weak is the situation on the battlefront. On the battlefront, Sergeant Hanley acts in a very harsh and a mean way, and he says to Charlie “You’re a blot of creation.” (Morpurgo, 117) This makes the impression of the battlefront very bad for the soldiers and causes them to have no control over anything they want to do.
Both Hard Times and the Yorkshire Cloth Worker’s Petition have the same argument about industrialization causing people to lose their humanity. In the case of Hard Times, it starts with an employer named Mr. Gradgrind, which his name is an onomatopoeic for the sound of an of a machine churning. His lack of human compassion is further elucidated when Dickens describes him as “With a rule, and a pair of scales and the multiplication table always in his pocket, sir, ready to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to”, which reflected the sentiment of early industrialists that workers were expendable objects whose only purpose in their life is make to profit. While he has no humanity in him, he also goes out of his way on enforcing that mentality onto his workers, which was exemplified when he called a little girl “Girl Number 20” instead of by her name Sissy Jupe.
All the main characters lived on the street and were mostly unsatisfied with the economic opportunities provided. The magnitude of this can be seen when “ “Helen, before meeting Francis, would have sex with men for shelter” (XX). Even the protagonist is no exception to this depression. Francic 's also struggled to survive, attempting to forge twenty-one votes for the Democrats, for which charges were dropped, because of a technicality his lawyer found, who again Francis could barely afford to pay. Furthermore, we start out with Francis working at a graveyard for terrible wages.
In “La Puerta” by Jose Antonio Burciago, a ramshackle door symbolizes the poverty that the protagonist, Sinesio, and his family come face to face with. The reader can see that Sinesio’s poverty causes them to have rough, un-fixable problems. While Faustina is cooking dinner, she momentarily looks up and her eyes fixate on the heavily patched door, water seeping through the cracks (Burciago 187). The fact that this family does not make enough money to properly patch a hole shows how dire their situation is. In this story, it is known that the door has already been heavily patched, yet, they cannot find a permanent solution.
I 've got the torture of traveling, worrying about changing trains, eating miserable food at all hours..." (Kafka 4). He describes his work as a salesman by using words like "torture," "worrying and "miserable" and radically show his restlessness with his daily work. But, he has to continue working as a salesman because he has no option to let this job, because he is a part of "the class of modern wage-laborers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labor-power in order to live" (Marx and Engels 769). The unspecified manager is portrayed as demanding, insensible, and uncongenial by Kafka signifies his lack of humankind.
Pip becomes ungrateful because he cannot accept that Magwitch is actually his benefactor and not Miss Havisham. He hated Magwitch even though that man has done so much for him. Pip said, “I know nothing of his life. It has almost made me mad to sit here of a night and see him before me, so bound up with my fortunes and misfortunes, and yet so unknown to me, except as the miserable wretch who terrified me two days in my childhood.” From this point, Pip just only looked at the past time when Magwitch threatened him and not the present time when Magwitch has brought good fortune to his life and made him become a gentleman.
It seems illogical for a child living in the poorest and worst urban areas to feel a sense of inspiration to go out and strive for a better future when everything around him represents the idea that the government does not want him to succeed. These impoverished
In the beginning of the 19th century the job quality declined dramatically. People who owned businesses quit caring about the conditions of their workers and only cared about their business. Factories, mills, and other work places earned the nickname sweatshops because they were always overcrowded with no ventilation and there was little pay and long hours. This eventually caused the workers to become angry forming groups among each other to help fight the system and earn better quality in the
The textile factories were an unsafe and unheathly place for working class families to work. These factories were unsafe for children to work because the factories would over work the children,give them a insuffient diet and the factories were filled with diseases. For example a testimony from Joesph Hebergram to the Sadler committee he said; ‘i have damged lunges. my lgs muscles do not function properly and will not support the weight of my bones... the doctor told me that it was caused by dust in the factory,from being over worked and a insufficient diet.
Brasher’s life as a cCook and a janitor was a daily life of discrimination getting words said in his face about howabout how worthless he was because of his colorhe was black. The discrimination for BrahserBrasher continued suffer of discrimination not only as a cook, but in other aspects of his daily live and activities. Fdid not stop thereor example, t. There was one occasion when they had in theBrusherBrasher was assigned to live in a cabin with white cadets. The white cadets started to leave the room and nonenobody wanted to sleep in the same place as an African-American.
Their living conditions were incredibly poor including overflowing toilets, unfinished quarters, crowds, and lacking meals. People would leave for grueling field work because they hoped it’d be better than the camp. The authors go on to tell that Jeanne loses her family completely and rapidly. Her mother grows cold, her respectable father a drunkard, and her brothers nonchalant and blunt. Many people die in this chaos and we’re truly shown how some crisis break people beyond recovery, for example ‘Papa’ her honest, hard-working father