Or, the rich have more money, they should help people who actually need it but they don’t because they are selfish, disgusting individuals who don’t care about anyone but themselves, therefore they are poor excuses of human beings. In either scenario the end result is the wealthy individual(s) being classified as less human. You can worship someone to the point when they are so far above you that there’s no way you can be equals because in your mind they are better than you. You can also be disgusted by someone to the point where their existence means nothing to you. Dehumanization works both ways in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, many saw Jay as
Captain Delano’s ignorance and social conditioning have made him resistant to accepting a revolt has unfolded on the San Dominick. Delano is significantly more affected by his preconceived notions about social order and his ignorance than the lawyer in “Bartleby the Scrivener”. Much like the lawyer, whose series of events with Bartleby have been characterized as issues with charity, Delano falls under the same “mind trap” that he must help the tattered sailors. However, the lawyer does not seem as ignorant as Delano. The lawyer’s problem stems from the fact that he doesn’t know how to deal with and eventually get rid of Bartleby.
Priestley uses a range of language and theatrical devices to criticise the selfishness of people such as the Birling family. To begin with, Birling shows his lack of understanding and disrespect for the working class. This is show. When he says, "If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the Earth." This shows a lack of compassion by Birling, as he only cares about his wealth and status, and the profits he can gain from his factories.
Mr Birling appears not to know the difference. The Inspector, through what he says tries to show the Birling’s how dangerous, selfish and immoral their social lifestyles are. The Inspector repeatedly undermines Mr Birling although he is of higher status “there are a lot of young women…if there weren’t the factories and warehouses wouldn’t know where to look for cheap labour” This shows that the Inspector knows how business works and how the workers are exploited by Mr Birling, by calling them cheap it suggests they have no value. The Inspector also tries to teach Mr Birling what he is doing is wrong “it’s better to ask for the earth than to take it” this is a lesson to Mr Birling that at least Eva Smith asked for a rise. Mr Birling takes all of his money without asking anyone.
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various characters to portray how social society’s obsession with class dilutes the foundations of humanity, because the high society essentially has nothing to work towards. In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald shows how high society brings out the shallowness and inhumanity in people as it creates superior arrogance, ungratefulness and finally it impedes their moral values. Characters in The Great Gatsby who were born into wealth, are used to getting what they desire. This has misconstrued their outlook on interacting with people. With a sense of entitlement, characters like Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan talk down to other people.
These are my principles. Never at my hands will a traitor be honoured above the patriot.” Creon refuses to listen to any opposition that he is wrong even from his own son. When Haemon tries to talk to him he becomes insulted and sees no reason as to why he is wrong and why he should listen to Haemon a younger man and therefore a man with inferior intellect. “Now don’t, please, be quite so single minded, self
The typical Edwardian family would have different relationships between each other as a typical family today. This also means men are of a higher importance and are more domineering than women and the women accept that. Eric states ‘I left them talking about clothes again.’ in a derogatory manner, Priestly has made the alliances clear between the male and females. The Birlings are portrayed as a high class respectable capitalist and a somewhat stock family. Through this Priestley has set up a false façade which is waiting to be torn down by the Inspector.
A working class citizen is no less respectable than a gentleman in Biddy’s eyes, it is the character of the person that truly matters. Estella, however, mocks Pip and scoffs at his “coarse hands” and “thick boots”, referring to him as a “common labouring-boy” Raised with the immense fortune of Miss Havisham, Estella has become pretentious, believing Pip to be a worse person because of his social standing. When you have everything given to you in life, you lose appreciation for those around you, becoming detached and cold, Estella tells Pip that in her heart there is “no softness there, no--sympathy--sentiment--nonsense” (238). This contrasts sharply with Biddy’s tender care and help of Pip, through her advice to him and her assistance in his educating himself. Magwitch came into a large fortune through hard work and perseverance, but instead of joining the elite upper echelon of society, he bestows the fortune of Pip,
This causes her to resent her life even more. This is a form of greed that has been twisted into an intense case of jealousy. Instead of being content and seeing what she has, she only whines and complains. The want for wealth is a weakness that in traits and causes the most of her situations. Some say that the root of all evil comes from money.
Moreover, Gulliver shows a great deal of dislike towards lawyers who his. They are depicted as “social parasites who measure their worth by their excellence at deception and therefore inhibit justice” (Shirley Galloway, par.7). He also heavily criticises England’s politicians and claims that they are heavily corrupted: A First or Chief Minister of State, [...], was a creature wholly exempt from joy and grief, love and hatred, pity and anger; at least made use of no other passions but a violent desire of wealth, power, and titles;