Social Classes : A Class Of A Society Based On Social And Economic Status

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Social Classes

Throughout history there have been social classes in societies. Social classes are a division of a society based on social and economic status. In Brave New World, there are five different classes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. There are minor differences between the five just like there are differences between the three classes in Huxley’s time. There are three classes that people fall under in British and English society. It was not the level of income that mattered most, but their social ranking (English Social). At the top of English society were the Gentries or lords, such as dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Viscounts and Barons. The people in this class did not work manually but their income normally came from the investments they made or from the inherited lands. These guys were part of the House of Lords because they were born into it.
The middle classes or working class, were made up of civil servants, lower ranking military officers, merchants, lawyers, lower clergy, freehold farmers and shopkeepers. Professions of law and medicine did not have the social status then that it enjoys today (English Social). A typical income was 50 pounds, which might serve as the standard for a basic decent living. Small tradesmen may have been the fastest growing class in this period and Clergymen had the most social prestige in the class, but many of them could be quite poor.
Beneath the working class was the lower class or the non-working. Poverty was…

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