A Lower Class Success Story

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Which social class do you belong to and why do you belong there? The term “social class” is commonly used to categorize people into specific groups in which all members are relatively similar. There are a large number of social classes in our modern society that make up one diverse community. The members of a specific social class are always related in certain ways and usually share specific things in common such as possessions, salaries, family relations, and acculturation histories. It is commonly thought that one is born into a social class and that is where he or she must remain for the entirety of his or her life. While this theory may sometimes be true, it is not inconceivable for one to be born into a lower social class, and work his or her way up to an upper social class. Likewise, it is possible for one to be born into a status of upper class and to descend into a lower class, maybe by choice or by cause and effect.

Through the opinions and stories of some of America’s modern writers, and through an assessment of some of America’s modern celebrities, it can be reinforced that the class that people are born into does not have to be the class that they remain in for the rest of their lives.

It is certainly possible for a man of lower status to achieve a more desirable rank in society through hard work and determination. A story titled “Ragged Dick,” and written by author Horatio Alger (1832-1899) entails the “rags-to-riches” storyof a young man named Dick who happily works a lower class job earning minimum wage to cover his daily expenses. While on a ferry for a business meeting, Dick is faced with a seemingly risky predicament in...