Class In America By Gregory Mantsios Analysis

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Being born into a particular family determines how well off you are. Class in America determines the people that influence you, and the better opportunities you are exposed to. In Gregory Mantsios writing of “Class in America” you can understand the many differences between class and how one might have better success. Mantsios shows three profiles of three different people born into different classes. One of the profiles shows how the lifestyle might be born into a wealthy family. Harold Browning a child of a father that was a manufacturer/industrialist, and his mother, a prominent social figure in the community. The last profile shows how the lifestyle might be born into a less fortunate family. Cheryl Mitchell a child of a father that was…show more content…
Many might say with hard work and direction that you can’t go wrong, but I strongly disagree along with Mantsios. In Mantsios piece he includes the three profiles with lots of great details and some of those details can explain why one might be influenced to do well or do bad. Growing up Harold was put into great schools that nurtured creativity and academics while on the other end Cheryl Mitchell attend a large public school that taught basic skills and taught importance in good attendance, good manners, and good work habits. If you couldn’t catch the jest of that, Harold attended a school that taught skills that would fit a characteristics of a leader and for Cheryl its learning how to work and fall under another’s orders. I love to look at the world as one whole and it’s very hard to do that because of how messed up our system is, but there is always good people like Mantsios and myself that love to speak for the ones that can’t see the flaws in our system. One great topic that comes to mind when I think about is the steps a student has been told to take to become successful and that’s dumping lots of money into college. The cons of college and how a student like Cheryl is taught to obey and do things that their parents, advisors, and teachers say to do. I believe that going against the grain and doing…show more content…
When you take a look at Harold’s profile you see a vast list of opportunities and how strong of a work background his parents have. When it comes to life in America, you have to have great connections to become successful quick, like Harold did. On the opposite extreme when you take a look at Cheryl’s profile you see you see a struggle in life and not many opportunities to succeed in life how one might want to. I always like to think to myself and understand why hard work is really less likely to see in someone that is struggling because they are always dealing with something difficult. In the many stories of poor people coming from rags to riches, there’s always a decision that impacts your life in the long run and that ability choose what affects you is called opportunity cost. Everyone goes through opportunity cost every day in simple decision making, but that’s not what I’m speaking on. For example, Steve Jobs had a great idea and the idea only had a few risks to take if he was going to go with it. So Steve drops out of college at the cost of his opportunity to get a degree in college verses doing what he wanted to do or what he loved to
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