One characteristic of John Steinbeck 's writing style that makes it unique is his use of social commentary. Steinbeck lived during some of the hardest times in American history, like the Great Depression, which caused effects on his writings. In his story, The Pearl, Steinbeck uses social commentary when describing how the poor were treated. After the doctor refuses to help Kino with Coyotito in The Pearl, Steinbeck writes, " Why should he, when he had more than he could do to take care of the rich people who lived in the stone and plaster houses of the town?"(p.4). This quote shows how Steinbeck used his writing to tell how the world was at that time, and how people were treated differently based on how much money they had.
Being cultural competence and cultural grounded with the approach of recognizing the issues that a family faces with issues of poverty. This will allow with support that is needed in order for the family to be able to break barriers with their family of
Matthew Desmond’s Evicted takes a sociological approach to understanding the low-income housing system by following eight families as they struggle for residential stability. The novel also features two landlords of the families, giving the audience both sides and allowing them to make their own conclusions. Desmond goes to great lengths to make the story accessible to all classes and races, but it seems to especially resonate with people who can relate to the book’s subjects or who are liberals in sound socioeconomic standing. With this novel, Desmond hopes to highlight the fundamental structural and cultural problems in the evictions of poor families, while putting faces to the housing crisis. Through the lens of the social reproduction theory, Desmond argues in Evicted that evictions are not an effect of poverty, but rather, a cause of it.
Numbers show that the American dream has become more or less simply a dream or myth. There is less equality of opportunity in the United States today than there is in Europe or any other developed country. For this reason America’s level of inequality is higher than any of the other advanced countries, and its gap with the rest has been growing larger in size. In
The statistic shows that certain nationality are more likely to get divorce than others. For example some ostensibly traditional nation reported surprisingly higher rate as compared to nations like the Jamaicans, Colombians and Mexicans. Some of the statistics taken in the year 2004 are for every 1000 people in the United States, 4.95 gets divorced in the United Kingdom it is 3.08, whereas in Thailand it is 0.58. (source: http://www.therischest.com/rich-list/world/worlds-10-most-divorced-nations/) (Personal View) From my personal view the countries that have high divorce rates should come up with more effective solutions to overcome this problem. One way to do this would be to promote romantic getaways for married couples at special rates to encourage couples to spend more time with each other to try to rejuvenate their relationship.
A) Against All Odds, Family Life on a Low Income in Ireland by Mary Daly and Madeleine Leonard is this the book which is to be reviewed in this report. B) Against all Odds is a book which deals strongly with the topic of poverty in both urban and rural areas, lone parent or two parent families working and non-working throughout Ireland and the great affect it has on the 30 families which participated in the study. The families which were chosen were done so in order to reflect the wide range of circumstances which face families in Ireland today in regards to poverty, however it is seen that 59% of these families are experiencing ‘relative income poverty’. The backdrop used for this book is that of the poverty data for 2000. Up until the point in
How did Steinbeck use his unique writing in The Grapes of Wrath to provide a brutally frank and realistic memoir of migrants in America during the Great Depression? Introduction: In 1939 John Steinbeck forever made an impact on the way The Great Depression is widely thought of by publishing The Grapes of Wrath. Within the book Steinbeck gives two perspectives on the Great Depression, one deeply personal about a family, the Joads and how they are affected, and at the same time that of the people they interacted with, the larger historical perspective, an economic perspective. The novel is largely a commentary on the American system, and takes a complicated look at capitalism. One reason Steinbeck’s book made an impact is
Policies executed in the 1960s as part of the “War on Poverty” established the foundation for a significant shift in welfare policy in two ways: first, by launching a vigorous private-public partnership and, second, by explaining economic inequality as the result of individual attributes and psychology (Bertram, 2007; Morris, 2004; O’Connor, 2009; Weir, 1992). Johnson’s “poverty project” formally became the War on Poverty on January 8 when it was declared in his first State of the Union address. The roots of that “War on Poverty” are lengthy and goes back the Kennedy administration’s committee stance on Juvenile Delinquency and trial programs related to social science initiatives directed by something known as “Opportunity Theory.” "Social
The Great Gatsby is a novel within a novel. It holds symbols on every page, and new motifs and symbols pop out between each line. It holds the truth behind the american dream and the social aspects of Americans that even take place today. Jay Gatsby started out as a regular (poor) man, but after being introduced to money and the perfect life that wealthy appear to be living put him into a daze and he kept his eyes upon that horizon. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, he uses the symbolism of The Green Light and The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg to encompass the theme of the American Dream, and he uses both to expand the meaning of the novel and the characteristics and dreams of the characters and how money has corrupted the people.
For a majority of enrollees with lower incomes, the federal subsidies make the premiums more affordable. For those even closer to the poverty line, they can receive additional subsidies that reduce the deductibles even more. But for many middle class families that earn an average income of $97,000 for a family of four, the health coverage premiums and deductibles have sky-rocketed (Luhby). This is causing a huge amount of Americans opting to stay uninsured, rather than spend thousands a year. According to a Kaiser study, 46% of uninsured adults tried to get coverage but did not because it was too expensive (Luhby, 2017).
In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes. In the 19th and early 20th century, that percentage was higher. Many people think that the US 's legal system truly provides justice for all people unlike back in the early 1900s, but the fact written above could be very easily compared to what racism was like in the 1930s. Although the United States’ legal system has improved some over the past 60 years through the Great Depression and many other hardships, this country’s legal system is still failing at providing justice for all people.