Those are some of the reasons why the American Dream is too out of reach for most people. One reason that makes it very tricky to achieve the American Dream, is due to the fact of how much it costs to live and survive life every day on a normal basis. The basic necessities of life are a huge cost in itself, especially with the wages nowadays. That causes the people with the poor wages to struggle
With Ehrenreich’s limited amount of resources, the world seems to be larger, as making her way around becomes more difficult. Throughout her journey, Ehrenreich argues that individuals working at a low wage experience the struggles of living in poverty, the degradation associated with these jobs, and intensive and physically demanding jobs. One of Ehrenreich’s most prevalent arguments is the reality that living on minimum wages is nearly impossible. Without savings, she tells how she is unable to afford an apartment because she has no money for a down payment. This requires her to live in a more expensive motel where she is also forced to buy unhealthy fast foods because she does not have a kitchen to cook in.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a book, by Katherine Boo, that describes an ordinary life of slum-dwellers in Mumbai. India is primarily known as a country currently experiencing a significant economic growth. At the same time the inhabitants of slums daily struggle for their mere survival. One of the main reasons for that is a failure of both governmental and international social programs to reach their objectives. Boo frequently highlights this issue in her book providing numerous examples.
Nevertheless, she concludes that their socioeconomic class is burdened with even more events. Listing off each of her co-workers, Ehrenreich discovers the majority live in overcrowded situations, with relatives or in pay-as-you-go standards; others, like one particular co-worker share rent with people who are not of good character, but can alleviate the financial strain; finally, to her surprise, the hostess who were paid the most was living in the worst standard, in her vehicle (Ehrenreich, 20-21). This is one of the focal points of Ehrenreich’s investigation: while some might obtain “aid” from the government, it does not prevent consequences that the middle class does not see. As Ehrenreich discovers from Gail’s breakdown of payments for surviving by herself versus staying with her sexually harassing roommate, she beings to understand the financial discrimination that the poor
Final Project : The Logans’ Land During the 1930s, many African-Americans became sharecroppers, but they always struggled to keep up with both their families and their never-ending cycle of debts. The book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, realistically displays how important it became for African-Americans to own land in the 1930s. The Logans, and African-American family in this novel, get through many of their problems with the help of owning land. Most of the other African-Americans in their community were sharecroppers who worked day and night, but were often drowned with debts. The land was displayed as a significant symbol for the Logan family, their independence, and relationships.
In “The Latehomecomer” Yang’s family struggles to make enough money and are poorer than others. There is evidence in “The Latehomecomer” that says, “ We had been looking for houses a long time -some we had liked well enough; most we couldn’t afford.”(54) This quote shows that Yang and her family are struggling to make enough money for a new house. Also, Yang’s parents changed their work shift, so they would get a nominal increase in their wages. This connects to how the Greasers in The Outsiders live in a poor neighborhood and also struggled to earn enough money. Evidence that reveals this in The Outsiders is, “ We’re poorer than the Socs and the middle class.” The Greasers are poorer than others and have to work hard to make as much money as they can.
The experience that the majority of urban and rural Americans shared together during the depression was a flat out lack of income. The differences were very few, but in the cities, the depression was more prominently visible because of a higher percentage of the population (Schultz 2014). Besides the lack of income and employment, most Americans underwent periods of time being extremely hungry. In the cities, people spent hours waiting in breadlines and were losing their homes to only end up living on the streets in communities referred to as "Hoovervilles" nicknamed after the president (Schultz 2014). In the country, families suffered because of unusual droughts of the 1930 's that caused crops to fail miserably meant the already indebted farmers commonly lost their properties.
The upper and lower-class have had the longest damaging social divide throughout history which was caused by the upper-class living a lavish lifestyle while their social counterparts went through new struggles every day. The upper-class has ownership and bosses the working class around, while the lower-class is forced to accept the low-paying jobs the owners offer. In The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the migrants face several hardships on their journey to California, and also struggle to obtain daily necessities as a result of not having jobs. The Joads, the family seen throughout the book, come across numerous difficulties due to the lack of job opportunities. For instance, when the Joads are provided with jobs to pick cotton or jobs
Throughout the book, money was the largest issue that affected the family and their living. The external conflict caused the family to always be in debt. Debt caused the family to move around a lot in order to be in search of other opportunities. Without debt, the family would be relived and well nourished with food and a healthy environment all the time. The family would not only become healthier physically but also mentally.
This idea was also seen by Eric Rahimian and Fesseha Gebremikael in their article “Poverty Amid Affluence in Alabama” from Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science. “High poverty rates persist in many inner cities, counties and rural areas, and particularly in areas inhabited by minorities…. In our view, the main causes of poverty are poor education, low income and lack of opportunity.” This idea may have been true during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the higher rates of poverty now are seen between different age groups rather than the demographic groups. According to the United States Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children under the age of 18 is currently at 19.7%, where the rate for those aged 18 to 64 is 12.4% and those aged 65 and older is only at 8.8%. The largest part of those living in poverty in the state of Alabama is represented by none other than the children living
In an article from the Chicago Tribune called, “How erratic schedulers hurt low wage workers” by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz calls attention to the unstable work schedule many face in low-wage jobs. Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz grew up in Washington D.C and attended Brown University with a degree in international relations. She has worked for the Daily Herald and RedEye on a variety of sections ranging from business to crime. She is known for her 2013 story about singles cruise which the tribune calls a, “highlight of her journalism career”. Ruiz talks about how large companies are giving workers unstable working scheduling causing many to choose between family and work.
As a small community with many rural qualities, the residents of Mound Bayou are faced with a myriad of risk factors. The town, as did the entire United States experienced an economic depression, better know as the Great Depression. Prices fell, especially the cotton, the town underwent a substantial amount of debt.Things such as prominent as the black community itself. When America began the desegregation of majority of everyday life, the flock that once found Mound Bayou as its home began to freelance about the area.This hit Mound Bayou hard. The people as always were the ones who presented the wealth.
Just like several other ethnic groups in the 1800s, poverty drove many Greeks to emigrate to America. In their home country, agriculture paid inadequately and was long, arduous work. And those already paltry conditions turned destitute for citizens when blight struck their crops. This caused a mass migration from Greece that began in the 1890s and lasted through the 1920s (Iliou, 2007). During that time, many people from Greece sailed to Ellis Island, in hopes of a better future.