Essays On Social Stratification

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Apparently, Varna divided the society; but it did not block the chances of social mobility.

Apparently, Varna divided the society; but it did not block the chances of social mobility.

Nick, although he comes from a family with a bit of wealth, doesn't have nearly the capital of Gatsby or Tom. She is trapped, as are so many others, in the valley of ashes, and spends her days trying to make it out.

In the end, though, he shows himself to be an honorable and principled man, which is more than Tom exhibits. In fact, her desire to move up the social hierarchy leads her to her affair with Tom and she is decidedly pleased with the arrangement.

A person could be a Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaish, or Sudra.

To be of one or the other order depended on one’s choosing the varna.

For the "old money" people, the fact that Gatsby (and countless other people like him in the 1920s) has only just recently acquired his money is reason enough to dislike him.

In their way of thinking, he can't possibly have the same refinement, sensibility, and taste they have.

It is, however, the Hindu caste system that is unique among the systems of social stratification.

Fitzgerald offers up commentary on a variety of themes — justice, power, greed, betrayal, the American dream, and so on.

Their families have had money for many generations, hence they are "old money." As portrayed in the novel, the "old money" people don't have to work (they rarely, if ever, even speak about business arrangements) and they spend their time amusing themselves with whatever takes their fancy.

Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and the distinct social class they represent are perhaps the story's most elitist group, imposing distinctions on the other people of wealth (like Gatsby) based not so much on how much money one has, but where that money came from and when it was acquired.


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