A fairly small percentage of wealthy people lived in luxury homes. Wealthy people spent their money however they pleased. The middle class struggled during the Gilded Age, their incomes stayed low for many years. That made many middle class people feel less and insecure of themselves. They feared losing their jobs and not being able to pay their houses or afford to see the doctor when sick or injured.
It is a commonly recognized idea that people can be unhappy despite their wealth. However, one must stop to consider how much of this unhappiness is because of wealth. The characters of Eliza Doolittle in the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, and the character of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations both experience hardships and periods of unhappiness as a direct result of their affluence. Be it long-standing or newfound, the fortune in these individuals’ lives is a negative influence in some way. Despite their drastically different backgrounds, Eliza and Miss Havisham show that money will inevitably bring about unhappiness either through being victimized by greedy and self-serving individuals or through the inability to adapt to a wealthy lifestyle.
In the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton the character Darrel Curtis is unquestionably influenced by his gang as it prevents him from being successful to becoming the father of the gang, and overall being someone to look up to. Darrel, or Darry has always wanted to become something amazing in life, but sadly when his parents died in a fatal car crash, he was left to raise his two younger brothers, Sodapop, and Ponyboy. More specifically, Darrel chooses his gang over his potential future to care for his friends but sadly, “. . .
Social classes are quite the weird topic to discuss in society. It’s basically saying who is “superior” to who when it comes to talking about wealth, position, or pretty much anything in life. Homeless people are looked down upon for being poor, not dressing properly, and being unkempt, these kind of people are in the lower class. The class above that is the working class, which consists of people with a minimized amounts of education and jobs that don’t provide the good paychecks or the jobs are very dangerous, which means that the bad outweighs the good in this case. Then there’s the middle class, which consists of jobs that pay decent to good money, but not enough money to make them the cream of the crop since the upper class compromises of the rich, which only ranges from 1 to 3% of the U.S population.
Society’s values influence people to construct their personal mores around them, and those who do not are not accepted by society. In our society, those who have well-paying careers are valued above those who do not. So when McCandless decided against following the path society expects him to, his parents were upset. “Chris informed his parents that he had no intention of going to college. When Walt and Billie suggested that he needed a college degree to attain a fulfilling career, Chris answered that careers were demeaning ‘twentieth-century inventions,’ more of a liability than an asset, and that he would do fine without one, thank you” (114).
However, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were famous for helping the poor and disadvantage. She and her husband made donations regularly and Marie Antoinette provided employment on her farm. Before and during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was said to lead an extravagant life, hosting lavish parties and gambling. While there is evidence supporting that this was true, Marie Antoinette showed more concern for the poor than many others in the upper class, and later on, when Marie Antoinette had children and matured, her expenditures would be reduced and gambling would become nothing more than “a folly of youth that she outgrew” (Charlotte), and her spendings, despite being high, did not contribute a lot to the already huge debt the French government owed.Meanwhile, the allegations that Marie Antoinette were just outright fiction, as Marie Antoinette was faithful to her husband. Her political influence was almost negligible, as although Marie Antoinette attempted to advance Austrian interests in France, her attempts were mostly failures, and being uninterested in politics, Marie Antoinette would only use politics as a way to secure favors from her friends.
People depended on income for many reasons and just as they were trapped with their jobs they are also trapped with the need to earn money it was one of the reasons they left their homelands and traveled to America to earn lots of money and become rich. The city was not a pleasant place to resign there was not many options as to where you could live. Many immigrants were traveling to the city for employment this lead to “overcrowding, pollution, and poor housing” (lecture 9/8/15). There was so many people trying to live in the same location so there was houses filled with lots of people the freedom to live alone was a possibility that you could obtain if you could afford it. One could purchase a house of their own, but with it came the trap that was the fear of losing the home and dealing it’s overwhelming debt.
In the real world, I can potentially lose my job if I put a project or a piece of work off until later. I believe college will change that. Also, I wish to become a better man. With the absence of my father, I had no one to teach me how to be a man and really take care of my responsibilities. It is hard for a mother to teach her son how to be a man, therefore my goal is to become an outstanding man that can handle business and take care of his family.
During the middle of the nineteenth century, social, economic, and cultural change interrupted traditional lifestyles and brought forth a new ideal for the meaning of success. As culture in America began to change, men were hungry for power and women were left with little opportunity to earn a wage that would allow them to live independently. Due to their lack of independence from their families and husbands, many women were often left to rely on their own bodies to make money through prostitution. Women’s prostitution was brought to new heights as more men entered cities in hopes of success, both economically and socially. In addition to men’s impact on prostitution, media such as “flash press” brought much attention to prostitution.
Furthermore, this gap has been increasing and is larger than it was 20 years ago. According to this data, it is evident that the women was treated unfairly in getting paid. This gap is caused by the women’s lack of courage about asking the boss to raise the salary and the women was seemed to be less able to afford much work than the men. Then, they would be offered easier work which provided less salary. To extend, all those conclusions were based on the bias, natural sex differences and the logical fallacies.
After the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars it affected composers in several ways. With the war many aristocrats could no longer afford orchestras, private opera houses, and the composers that were residence of those places. The aristocrats were considered the highest class in society at this time. When this happened, it left many composers who originally had steady incomes to now fighting to survive on what little money they could bring in. With the wars having such an impact on the economy composers had to find a way to adapt to the current living situations, and this meant changes to their audience.