Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Classism is a part of the society we live in as it is based on an individual's wealth and social status. This societal structure is often developed on the basis of classism which allows the occurrence of evil doings and misunderstanding. The two novels, The Great Gatsby, by S. Fitzgerald, and Secret Daughter, written Shilpi Gowda, the similarities of classism are illustrated through illegal activities found in low classes, reflecting upon the gender inequality and class differences.
Firstly, people of high class tend to treat people of low class or middle class with a different attitude. They live in high standards which are better than others, so it is hard for them to understand people from lower classes and often mistreat them. Using their power as an advantage, they do not get into any trouble for their unequal treatment. For example, Tom Buchannan is portrayed as a negative character in the novel The Great Gatsby. He is very classist and racist and does not show respect to those of lower class than him. Sometime toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face discussing, in impassioned voices, whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy's name. "Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" shouted Mrs. Wilson. "I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai –– " Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand. (Fitzgerald,41) Tom's erratic behaviour toward Myrtle shows how he is abusive towards especially women of lower classes and without fear of hurting them or getting into any trouble with police. Similarly, when Asha, the protagonist in Secret Daughter, interviews the women living in slums of India, asks one of the girls a questions that was offending, "...seeing herself on the screen, how insensitive she was, with her questions about the short hair and school. Parag was only trying to spare those girls some embarrassment, not...
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