The Upper And Lower-Class In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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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…show more content…
The migrants fall for the trap and as a result, they are taken advantage of by the salesmen and are left with almost no money. The selfish behavior portrayed by the salesman proves that their greed is a cause of the downfall of others, and also conveys that the carelessness of individuals could potentially hurt others. Additionally, the upper-class men are only looking out for themselves and do not care about how selling the expensive cars that no longer work will impact lower-class. The salesmen attempt to sell a "lemon" which is a vehicle that has numerous defects and affects the condition in which the vehicle runs. They are successful in selling the worthless cars for an extremely high price seeing as the salesmen found ways to make the vehicles appear as if they were perfect. In addition, in the political cartoon “Economic Inequality in the Philippines”, Angelo Lopez also incorporates the fact that the higher-class is too blinded by their money and power that they ignore and take advantage of the lower working class. The rich men who are dressed in elegant suits appear to be delighted with their current lives and do not seem to be aware of the
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