Analyzing Social Class in “People Like Us” Social class in America has been and will always be present whether people like to acknowledge it or not. It may be difficult to identify by racial or ethnic differences but it does exist. Americans tend to identify social class by one’s income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations and even appearance as markers of class. Although people are all supposedly created equal theses elements are recognized by the wealthiest of the wealthy and poorest of the poor. Anyone can become anything they want to become but all of these social factors play a part in that.
It's mostly the story of Murray's grandmother, who had been a slave (and a mistress of the household at the same time), and her grandfather, a scholar and teacher and Civil War veteran who brought education to the newly freed slaves following the Civil War. Her grandmother was born after a plantation son raped his sister's slave. This was an interesting family history told by Pauli Murray, a founder of NOW (National Organization for Women.) She pays homage to her grandparents and great grandparents, documenting the life of "freedmen" of color as well as the lives of slaves who later become free. The story addresses so many aspects of race in American history, pre- and post-Civil
As a result of this, social mobility was limited at this time and people socialised in small circles, with only those of a similar class. Any socialisation out of this was seen as absurd. It was women especially that felt the limitations of the late 18th century/early 19th century, as there were strict expectations of them. Women were seen as possessions of men, and expected to be educated and well behaved, mostly in hope to ensure themselves a husband of wealth in order to further themselves as women did not inherit any land or money from their fathers, this went to the closest male relative. Any kind of acting out of against the expected image of a woman would be seen as shameful and would lead to isolation even further in terms of socialisation and the hope of a husband.
Besides, he finds a lot of women working as writers. It happened owing to men’s liberality and courtesy. He thought it is terrible that women might wave triumphant over the entire world. Out of fear, he hopes these women can be treated by the way which Puritan forebears treated Hutchinson. However, when he focuses on Hutchinson herself, his attitude becomes ambivalent.
As the novel’s protagonist, Elizabeth, first meets him, she deems him conceited and arrogant. This is the description most people apply to Mr. Darcy, especially upon their first meeting. In a way Mr. Darcy reminds me of Dickens’ character, Sydney Carton. He is depicted as a lazy drunken attorney who cannot be bothered to care for anyone. He describes his life as being worthless and takes every opportunity to express how little he cares.
Indeed, those concepts of sexual behavior have different views according to the historical context. On one hand, it may be taken into account the ideal way of living of the Victorian Era. The imperious obsession with recreating virginity borderlines the way men used to inscribe it onto women. On the one hand, “Angel of the house” was one of the terms which aimed to promote an image of innocence and chastity indispensable in a woman, especially in a wife-to-be. T the term “fallen women” was the antonym.
Hindley first feels alienation as a young boy, when his father, Mr. Earnshaw returns from Liverpool with a dark haired boy, a “gipsy brat.” Hindley dislikes Heathcliff, the orphan immediately, but his hatred for him grows as he quickly becomes Mr. Earnshaw’s favourite. “The young master [Hindley] had learnt to regard… Heathcliff as a usurper of his father’s affections and privileges.” Hindley hates Heathcliff because his father loves an orphan more than he loves his own son. As a result of this, Hindley felt alienated from his father. Later, Hindley feels more alienation after his wife, Frances dies after childbirth. His wife was the only friend Hindley had in the world, and with her gone, he has no one.
Sexual Violence and the Victorian Era: Oppressive Social Forces in Robert Browning’s Printable Version By Christine Utz Robert Browning’s poem “Porphyria’s Lover” is a social representation of the Victorian era, which supported the creation of dominant and sexually abusive men. During the nineteenth century, Victorian ideals determined the guidelines for social etiquette. A traditional regime of patriarchy flourished under the strict gender stratifications of the time period. However, tensions grew between the sexes in both the political and domestic realms and gender violence surfaced in response to the heightened conflicts. Robert Browning was born into this conservative time period, but was able to employ expressive freedom through literature.
She took tragidies in her life, and turned them into great literary peices of work. As the same with Shirly Jackson. She expiernced hear break at a young age. Thats why many of her literary works were often dark and moody. She often exprienced "periods of unhappiness and questioning the loyalty of her friends" witch became her motivation to really begin writing.
When comparing the emotional aspects of the characters in both stories it is clear that their characteristics affect the plot of the stories. For instance; Trevor, although not the leader of the Wormsley Gang, but clearly desiring to be, becomes angry after visiting the home of Mr. Thomas. “T” as he is called, convinces the other gang members to help him destroy the home of Mr. Thomas’, also known as “Old Misery”. It was clear that “T” and the gang were somewhat disgusted in Old Misery’s obsession with hording his wealth while neglecting his house. In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul’s mother desperately desires a richer life that cannot be supported on her husband’s income, and blames him for her despairing life.