The Dispossessed: What Is a Working Class?

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What do you think of when you hear “working-class?” One perhaps might think of a specific race, gender, sexuality or a specific type of lifestyle. In William Deresiewicz’s “The
Dispossessed” aims to raise awareness to his audience that people of the working class still exist and should be recognized. His targeted audience being the educated, younger generations of middle and upper class. Through the use of logic and building his credibility, Deresiewicz makes a convincing argument about the way the working class has been neglected and forgotten. The intent of “The Dispossessed” is to convince the audience that the working class still exists and it should still be recognized. Deresiewicz is targeting categories of class;
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Working class is everywhere in the media and is often portrayed in the same way: with humor. Deresiewicz provides examples of popular shows such as the Simpsons, Gilmore Girls, and Friends. This causes more appeal to the audience than if the author were to use shows that were not that well-known. The audience is most likely familiar with these shows and it would help the reader understand more about what the writer was trying to say about them. Deresiewicz is making the assumption that his readers are at least familiar with the presented shows if not a regular viewer. Deresiewicz also mentions Million Dollar Baby, a recent very successful movie. When Deresiewicz uses up-to-date, popular media he is establishing his credibility to the younger generations. What is the importance of the younger generation though? Perhaps it is to make them aware of their surrounds so they are not ignorant. Another reason might be because they themselves may be effected by the recession. Even authors leave out the working class. Deresiewicz presents the audience with several well-known authors that still talk about the working class. Toni Morrison for example even discusses the fact that the recognition of the working class has depleted. “It was Morrison, in fact, who provided one of the most telling indications of our loss of the working class as imaginative category.” What Deresiewicz leaves out is that Toni Morrison was the
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