Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Mrs. Dalloway '

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The infamous mantra, “F*CK THE SUPER RICH” is stamped on the sidewalk within shouting distance of London’s prestigious Westminster School. The proximity of these words to the alma mater of eight former British Prime Ministers accurately reflects the social class construct of the city. Class in London is what race is to the United States. Class differences exist and those differences often create division and tension among people. London’s social class has been reinforced by a plethora of legal systems and myths associated with being a member of the “Upper Class.” In the English novel, Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Wolf dispels the stereotypes associated with being a part of the upper end of the social class construct. Social class is a status hierarchy in which individuals and groups are classified on the basis of esteem and prestige acquired mainly through economic success and accumulation of wealth (1). Classical Sociologists Karl Marx and Max Weber laid the foundational understanding of this construct. Karl Marx contends that there were two class categories: capitalist and laborers. The capitalist refer to the owners of the means of production and the laborers refer to the workers (2). Marx held that the workers lack of power is the basis of exploitation and class conflict; workers have labor power because they owned their ability to work. However, for the most part, owners could determine the wage they paid workers. This ability, Marx contends, gave the owners power of…

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