Class in Caucasia

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Social Class in Relation to Caucasia
Sandy Lee, from Danzy Senna’s novel, Caucasia is born and raised into a very wealthy and well- known family. Sandy comes from the wealthy town of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Therefore, her father was a respected professor at Harvard University. Sandy received her high school diploma from Buckingham School, and gets accepted to Brandeis, which she later turned down. Sandy didn’t fit in around her community and was a rebel. She also tries to escape her upper-class lifestyle by marrying Deck, an African American who is a part of the lower class. In my essay I will argue that throughout her life, Sandy’s upper-class upbringing still impacts her personality and actions, despite her drop in economic status. I
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I made out my grandmother’s tall stooped form and gray bun. The rosebuds that circled the house were in bloom—read and lavender and white and pink—and Gory, the dog, sat watching us with his eternally depressed expression as we climbed out the car. The gardener, a small dark man, was crouched on his hands and knees, tending to the flowers and my mother shouted to him, ‘Hey there, Joe! How’s things?’” (Senna 102), Also, you can also figure out the difference of lifestyles between Sandy and her mother when the maid comes to the door. Birdie describes, “Edna came to greet us at the door. She was my grandmother’s housecleaner, a Caribbean woman with salt-and- pepper hair. She smelled of lemon and wore chunky white nurse shoes and neatly pressed hair. She made everything sparkle, but a faint smell of must lingered” (Senna 102). The fact Sandy’s mother has house cleaners in her home indicates that she is a part of the wealthy upper-class. According to Judith Lorber, “ Because white people are the superior group, white people do not have to do the “dirty work”, such as house work; the most inferior group does it, usually poor women of color” (Lorber 116). Lorber basically sums the reason the assumption of why Sandy’s mother has housecleaners.
The difference of Sandy’s life style is mentioned when her mother comments on her appearance. Sandy’s mother states, “Sandy,

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