The Shining Status
There are people that are poor, some are rich and those who are just fine. We all have differences but we are all human and all need to live, although sometimes the importance of where we stand can come in the way. In the story “The Shining Houses” we experience lots of judgment and differences between people that relate to their popularity and social status. The more the world grows, the more we see the priority of having a high social status in our societies. Alice Munro describes to us a particular situation that can be related to our day to day lives. Marx’s social hierarchy is brought back, the perspectives of the young vs. the old and how a life can be changed so quickly. First of all, in the story “The Shining Houses” by Alice Munro, there are three different types of social class put into one neighborhood. In Marx’s social hierarchy, Mrs. Fullerton represents the poor, hard working, lower class proletariat. She lived in house that was run-down, very old like she was, and self-sufficient. Then there was Mary, who is a member of the rich bourgeoisie. Granted, Mary is not truly rich, she is more of a middle class suburban, although in the story she is part of the powerful bourgeoisie. The rest of the neighbors would be put in the powerful bourgeoisie, but they were truly rich. The houses they lived in were beautiful, “[t]he bathrooms were beautiful, with three-part mirrors, ceramic tile, and coloured plumbing. The cupboards in the kitchen were light birch or mahogany, and there were copper lighting fixtures there and in the dining ells.” Life was good in the subdivision of Heather drive, that being said having three different types of social statuses in a neighborhood caused several different perspectives to fly around. Secondly, not only in this short story but also in our everyday world we see perspectives of different people flying around; the young, the old, the rich, the poor. Everybody has something to say just like Alice...
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