Social Status

905 WordsAug 23, 20134 Pages
The Shining Status There are people that are poor, some are rich and those who are just fine. We all have differences but we are all human and all need to live, although sometimes the importance of where we stand can come in the way. In the story “The Shining Houses” we experience lots of judgment and differences between people that relate to their popularity and social status. The more the world grows, the more we see the priority of having a high social status in our societies. Alice Munro describes to us a particular situation that can be related to our day to day lives. Marx’s social hierarchy is brought back, the perspectives of the young vs. the old and how a life can be changed so quickly. First of all, in the story “The…show more content…
. Mrs. Fullerton resists these common bourgeoisie values. To her there is no need for change, her social status in the neighborhood. Mrs. Fullerton is a kind of person that does what she wants and doesn’t listen to what others have to say and does not pay attention to the way things are done differently at times. These statements are completely opposite for the more young and rich group of people that take part of those of a high social status. In our society and the society in the story the perspective shown is that it’s what’s on the outside that matters most. The looks and the money are number one and one simple person who does not follow that may be seen with lots of judgement. Things need to be new and not run down like Mrs. Fullerton’s house and yard. These different perspectives are not only thoughts that go on in people’s minds but they lead to actions that can mess with those of a lower social status. Thirdly, when you live in a neighborhood like Mrs. Fullerton and see new people moving in and have lived for so long and deal with the world changing it is not easy. Mrs. Fullerton is always filled with hatred against the economically well off upper class. Her way of supporting herself, which was through selling eggs and chickens, is being threatened by the development of low-cost stores. Her home is also in danger, which becomes the central plot-line of the story. The suburban families, in
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