The upper class despises the lower class, constantly insulting them, pushing them around, and making social mobility unachievable. The low class men describe their encounters with the Westerners, recalling how a man once told him, “‘I don’t like you, you son-of-a-bitch” (Steinbeck 221). Here, the upper class disrespect people they had never met before, solely based off of socioeconomic class. Their distaste for the lower class becomes more evident, as the men describes how you could “see in people’s face how they hate you” (Steinbeck 221). With this, Steinbeck illustrates the hatred which the upper class had towards their potential employees.
This is true because the people who were already poor, who were working for the money so they could afford things like homes, food, water, and clothing, were staying poor, because their pay was so low that at the rate of them using their money for necessities, they were earning barely enough to afford them. Whereas the people who were already rich, merely used their money to get even more money, and it would grow exponentially. They could have bought stocks or decided to invest in companies, but either way, they would have the money to do it, whereas the poor people would barely have the money to even live. Everything about these unfair conditions of working was true in both countries, in Russia and
The lower class doesn’t have the opportunity to express their feelings and achieve reforms. They don’t have this chance because the wealthy oppress them. The poor “[have] the knowledge [they are] small but [they] lack the courage to be otherwise” (20). This example from Smith’s text shows that the poor know they aren’t as powerful as the wealthy but they don’t have the guts to stand up for themselves because they have a fear of not being accepted and ridiculed by the wealthy. Another example from Smith’s text shows that the wealthy are astonished by when the poor speak up for themselves.
The workers that were protesting outside the farm in The Grapes of Wrath are just like the protesters that protested in New York, they wanted fair and better wages so they could support themselves and their families. Although these two situations happened in different eras, they still hold the same issue that people need fair wages in order to survive. In the book, the low wages were bad because the Joad family couldn 't afford food while the low wages now won’t allow workers to pay rent. The time periods might be different but the issues are still the
Hence, Steinbeck stresses on the significance of power in the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl because of situations like in chapter 7. Throughout the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, it is proven that greed, money, and power plays a significant role in the economy. Examples mentioned in chapters 7 and 14 demonstrates how Americans revolve by the application of each component in order to survive. This leaves the reader to speculate if there are other elements to defeat such hardships in the 1920s to the 1930s other than greed, money, and
Corruption was rampant in politics and labor. There was a growing disparity between the rich and the poor and the large influx of migration wasn't helping this. All the while the urban middle class were experiencing a growth in this period. (pg3) Reformers were comprised mainly of the middle class. In 1890, Jacob Riis' “How the Other Half Lives” was published.
It is shown how the economic status gives different power to people. Corruption in the late 1800’s was about the big guy against the small guy; the people who had money had all the power above the immigrants and the lower class. Sinclair used these different arguments to persuade people to turn into socialism, showing the dark side of the government at the time of the Gilded Age. The bad working conditions, the absence of sanitation and the corruption made difficult for people to succeed in life, taking away their rights and opportunities making a real hardship for the working class to make a
The upper class wanted to keep their wealth and power, not share it with those who they viewed as unsuitable to live a lavish lifestyle. John Ball often preached that, “If we all spring from a single father and mother, Adam and Eve, how can they claim or prove that they are lords more than us, except by making us produce and grow the wealth which they spend?” Being a priest, phrases such as the one above made the serfs and peasants believe that if God truly did make everybody equal, then why were they not share the wealth and have the same opportunities. The concerns of the peasants resulted in a revolt. After a brief amount of time, the nobles finally put a stop to the Peasant Revolt. The result of the revolt: the breakdown of serfdom.
Reading through RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013, it became fairly obvious that the author, Edward McClelland, was presenting a thesis idea that consisted of promoting the middle class through examples of its prime time when middle class thrived. McClelland made the point clearly as he repeatedly provided examples ranging from the glory days of the assembly line industry that had provided high paying jobs for many people, to presidents who attempted to keep business within the United States to promote home grown jobs. He was especially focused on the point that the middle class was shrinking due to a large discrepancy between the wealthy and the rest of society as capitalism achieves its goal of padding the wealthiest and keeping the middle
Throughout all three of these plays we see the use of mostly the upper class and lower class to make a point about humanity. All three of these plays see the upper class as sophisticated, civilized, knowledgeable, refined, and elegant. On the other side of the class spectrum these plays see the lower class as crude, ignorant, ill-mannered, and useless to society. As a result of these characteristics, these plays put their characters and classes at conflict with one another. Their plots involve the upper class looking down upon the lower class and therefore the