The Difference In Achieved Social Status And Goodb Essay

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The Difference in achieved social status and Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus explores the story of a young man Neil Klugman who falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Brenda Patimkin. Neil works at a library in Newark, New Jersey and lives with his stubborn Aunt. Brenda Patimkin on the other hand is a wealthy, privileged, upper-middle class college student living with her family in the suburbs. Over the course of one summer, Neil and Brenda meet and fall in love, or so they think. Neil ends up spending two weeks with Brenda’s family as they are planning Brenda’s older brother’s wedding. One can say that nearly everything in Goodbye, Columbus follows directly from the difference in achieved social status. This essay will be implicating the cases of different social classes in Goodbye, Columbus. Right from the beginning of the novella, the reader can clearly see that Neil Klugman is fascinated by the upper class. He was invited to spend the day at the Green Lane Country Club with his cousin, this is where he met Brenda. Later that night, Neil decided to call Brenda and found the phonebook for Short Hills, Brenda’s neighborhood “Under the dresser where the leg came off”(4). While this is going on, Neil’s Aunt Gladys is upset because Neil had not eaten dinner yet and his uncle was almost home. When Neil asks why they don’t all just eat the same meal at the same time, and that other families eat at the same time, his Aunt replies “big shots” (5) insinuating that only high class families eat meals together. This is the first hint to the readers that Neil is not very wealthy as his family cannot afford to fix a broken dresser as well as Aunt Gladys is not very fond of the higher classes. Aunt Gladys also shows us that she is jealous of the Patimkins. When Neil called her on the phone and said that he would be eating dinner with the

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