Social class by definition is the grouping of people into a set of hierarchical social categories consisting of the lower, middle, and upper classes. It is a term used by many to identify their personal status in their lives. “Popular culture, especially television, has defined what different social class groups are like. The television show The Beverly Hillbillies depicted what happens when people who are poor gain entry into the upper social class. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air showed how people of color in the upper social class live” (Cook, Jennifer M. and Gerard Lawson, 2016).
“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – The Breakfast Club This is only one of the well-loved quotes from director John Hughes’s 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club”. It’s a film that follows a story where five different teenagers have been sentenced to a Saturday in detention. The five main characters represent typical stereotypes in a high school environment. Coming into detention, they are expected to write an essay about “who they think they are”; but during this film, we come to see that each character has a deeper struggle than what can be seen during school.
The unknown is often associated with danger because of society. Tim Burton would argue that the abnormal could often be the uttermost significant in life. Through color contrast and physically abnormal characters, Burton displays in his films that society wrongly teaches people to fear the unknown. Burton uses color contrast to show the isolation and the unknown of the outcast characters in his films. For instance, in Edward Scissorhands, Edward was introduced when Peg found him sitting in a corner all alone.
Write about the way the theme of social class is presented in Blood Brothers The musical tragedy ‘Blood Brothers’, by Willy Russell tells the story of two twin brothers separated at birth, who reside in different social classes, yet are brought together through a friendly pact in their childhood, unaware of their relation or its consequences. Social class, a fundamental backbone theme of the play that heavily influences the text, is a division of society based on social and economic status. Accordingly, Willy Russell successfully expresses the biased nature and stark divide of social class, through the use of colloquial language and contrasting events, as a glance into the hardships and struggles associated with social class, during 1970’s Liverpool.
In the film “Stagecoach,” there are a wide range of characters: Mrs. Mallory, high class army wife; Hatfield, a shady Southern gentleman; Curly, the marshall; Gatewood, an embezzling banker; Doc, the town drunk; Dallas, a whore; and Ringo, an outlaw who just wants to live the American Dream. They are representative of the diverse society that occupied the American West in the late 1800’s. Through these characters’ interactions, and specifically through the relationship between Mrs. Mallory and Dallas, Ford explores class relations and how appearance often dictates our perception of a person’s character From these initial descriptions, one would assume that the two women are going to be at odds with one another, and they are for a large portion
In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the racist attitudes of the Deep South in the late 1800's are shown. Mark Twain portrays a runaway slave, Jim, as a racist caricature who does whatever is asked of him and exhibits little intelligence. The reader can initially see this through the use of the word "nigger" that is all throughout the book. In the modern 21st century this term is taken offensively, but in the 19th century this term was commonly used and Twain took advantage of it.
It is impossible for anyone to claim that they are competent in a culture if they don’t have a sufficient knowledge of its as well as of the country. With a huge of more than 300 million people encompassed the large variety ethinic, cultural and religious groups and all sorts of different beliefs and values, the United states is a home of a wide range of beliefs and values. “The adventure of Huck Finn” is an outstanding film that is thoroughly expressed and practiced the tenets of some important and famous beliefs and values in America. “The adventures of Huck Finn” directed by Stephen Sommers and distributed by Walt Disney in 1993 is adapted from the novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. The film recounts the life of Huck Finn , a thirteen- year- old boy and Jim, a mild- mannered slave through many of the adventures down the Mississippi overcome different trials along the way to obtain the independence.
U.S House Of Representatives presented a movie on 28 June, 2001 In order to label chocolate as “slave free.” It was shot down by the industry of chocolate. Only few people knew this problem although this is been going on over ten years. IRLF sponsored DC screening of the documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate” which depicts child labor in international chocolate industry.
Mark Twain’s satire The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn portrays society’s culture in the south and its power to influence people. As the narrator, Huck Finn, travels south on the Mississippi River, his perception of the world around him evolves as he makes a major moral decision, and undermines the ideas of naturalism. However a newly found conscience comes at a price, the loss of his innocence and the realization of the functions of his society. Overall, this piece is a comment on culture and its ability to influence the qualms of an individual perception that are originally dictated by heredity and environmental factors. These ideas are illustrated using various literary devices.
For many of us, Walt Disney Pictures have played a large part in our childhood. Giroux (1995) even goes as far as saying that Disney are just as useful as school teachers and parents at teaching values and morals to younger children. Throughout Disney movies, important life lessons and messages are constantly being put across; whether it being Rapunzel telling us that sometimes, feeling the fear and letting go of familiarity can allow us to move forward and experience new and better things (Walt Disney Pictures, Tangled, 2010) or Timon from the Lion King sending out the positive message of 'Hakuna Matata', meaning no matter how hard life gets, you can always pull through (Walt Disney Pictures, The Lion King, 1994). For the past century, many children have looked up to Disney characters with great admiration.
Classism is a major issue that plagues American society. Classism separates groups by their economic status in society. America is perceived to be a middle class society, however in reality the middle class does not hold majority of the nation’s wealth. Most of the nation’s wealth is held by 1% of the population in America which consists of 34% of the nation’s wealth, meanwhile “the richest 20% of Americans hold nearly 85% of the total household wealth in the country” (Adams et al, 2013, p. 151). American citizens that are a part of the upper class are privilege because they have access to majority of the resources.