Like George, most people in society spend their whole lives chasing material wealth, and never slow down to appreciate the priceless spiritual wealth they have built up through friends and family. George is taught by society that success is measured by material wealth. He watches others from the town leave and become rich, while he is stuck in
They soon learn that when they get here it is not what they expected at all. The big companies basically ran the city. Health care, housing, and family life relied on the businesses. It was very hard to find open and available jobs. Everyone in the family had to work to support the home.
THE ODYSSEY Intro The Odyssey by Homer translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Odysseus the hero, he made it through alive. Odysseus left his wife and newly born son at home so he could go fight the battle of Troy. For his return home he faces many trouble to get home and be with his wife and son.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
The first thing Olsen brings up is, “suits are made for white-collar guys”. He makes this remark after explaining that a suit is not fit for the work of a BCG and that their body types are not fit for the suits. These kind of men work hard to earn a living and nothing they have came easy. BCGs work so hard and do everything and make time for their families no matter what. Olsen gives more support to this by mentioning, “I have seen men on the job hand-nail 20 square shingles (that’s 6,480 nails) or more a day, day after day, for weeks.
The story “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets” by Jack Finney, Tom Benecke makes a dramatic discovery about his life and how he has been spending it. He is a go getter and has put all of his energy into getting ahead in his job. He is obsessed with being successful, and making money, even if it means pushing his wife, Clare, away completely. Finney begins with Tom’s wife asking him to go to a movie with her, but he refuses claiming that his work needs to be completed. Then, as she is leaving, his most important work documented on a yellow sheet of paper flies out of the window and onto the ledge of his apartment building.
Sinclair bases these struggles on things that happen to Jurgis and his family. One example that the author describes is how thousands of men wait outside the workplace just to get a chance at a job. “All day long the gates of the packing houses were besieged by starving and penniless men; they came, literally, by the thousands every single morning, fighting with each other for a chance for life…. Sometimes their faces froze, sometimes their feet and their hands; sometimes they froze all together— but still they came, for they had no other place to go” (Sinclair 92). Another example the author displays is when Ona, Jurgis’s wife, dies after giving birth.
On its foremost level “The Company Man” is a newspaper article describing the life and death of a hardworking man named Phil. This is not truly what the article is about. Ellen Golding, in her article, writes about Phil as a representative of the typical corporate man. Phil works long, hard hours. He proceeds through his days mechanically, searching indefinitely for a sense of success or fulfillment.
He found and did everything possible to provide for himself and his family in hard times. Jurgis took on the lowliest jobs in Packingtown that required the most work with little pay. While doing backbreaking work twenty-four
Robert Frost once said ¨In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life... it goes on.¨ Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost is about Warren and Mary, who are the owners of the farm, have a hired man, Sila, who decides to leave them to find better work, but when his work goes down, he returns looking for jobs to earn money. Warren has had enough and tells his wife the actions he would take with Sila. Mary is a woman who has more in the positive side than her husband and she realizes that Silas is a dying man and that he has returned to the only home he knows of. Now Mary is trying everything she can to show her husband the better side of Silas.
The Goal is a novel that tells a story about a devoted plant manager, Alex Rogo. Mr. Rogo faces several challenges at the plant as the manager as his division is constantly behind in fulfilling their orders and has a negative cash flow. Mr. Rogo is given a three-week deadline to turn things around, fulfill orders and generate positive cash flow. Mr. Rogo is guided by his former physics professor, Jonah, where he learns that in order to succeed in business, you must be focused on; throughput, inventory and operational expenses. These concepts however, differ from our traditional day-to-day definitions.
This makes the children want to work harder and worry about money because he is their primary source of income and the support that they receive. A lot of the times during work when they are out there they will be forced to skip a meal, but they do not usually complain they just keep working in order to help out. In the one part of the video you see the family taking a break and the one kid asks, “did we even eat yesterday” and someone else replies that there was too much work to take a break. Although a lot of the children do not wish to be working in the field, they all aspire to be able to finishes schools that they may find a new way of income to help support their families. Even though they all tend to be working to bring in money the main idea I think that they all share is that they will do anything for their families and them all being together is what matters most.
Factories were paying far too little for someone to feed their whole family for that little, so many either would die or would turn to crime to survive; these laborers wanted equality. Men, women, and children were working and got employed in factories to work, and the dangerous and strenuous labor that children were put through to help the family expense caused many young children to die. Workers individually could not stop corporations, but collectively they could make an impact on their wages. The corporations eventually had to succumb to the pressure of labor supplies because the National Trade Union convinced the majority of the labor force to work from 12 hours a day to 10 hours. After the labor unions won, workers worked less, and they still had the same salary.
The story written by Ellen Goodman named, “The Company Man” is a wonderfully written story about a man who, quite literally, works his life away. The message I took from this story is, “You’re always replaceable, no matter how hard you work.” The man in the story named Phil was the vice president of the company for which he worked for. Phil dies at age fifty-one, which is very young for a man, being that the average life expectancy is nearly eighty for an American. The story constantly refers back to the obituary written for Phil pointing out that it mentions his “survivors”, who includes his wife and children.
Coal mining in Cape Breton is an important piece of history, it gave many men, young and old, secure jobs. Jobs that also meant endangering their lives every day as they went into the mines, possibilities of dust explosions threatened them daily along with unknown threats to their health, breathing in the dust from the mines would build up and cause serious long term lung diseases. Taking jobs in the mines meant being put in a company town, leaving them little to none free choice of their own, also taking the job meant being paid very little which resulted in hunger and poverty among the miners, and when striking against the company for more money and more power over their own lives it resulted in extreme police brutality towards the miners.