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How Class can Determine Ones Social Identity Class is what every person in this country strives for People spend their entire lives trying to improve their own social stature and many times end up completely miserable A person can work their way up a corporate ladder to find in the end that they are completely alone at the top The only gratification they seek is the payout Money is not class Money is something that people confuse with social standing True the upper class typically is very well off but money is not the only thing that makes them upper class This point is illustrated both in the novel Black Gangster by Donald Goines as well as the hit no pun intended HBO show The Sopranos Two of the main characters Prince and Tony are both men of wealth and power but unfortunately they both lack class There are two words that can describe Tony Soprano scum and bag He is a horrible person and his upper-class lifestyle will be but a moment in his life His source of income is murder extortion and robbery Obviously Tony is not really considered by anyone but himself as upper class There is no way the actual upper class will ever accept him He is their novelty We see this in an episode where Tony goes golfing with his neighbor and his two friends His neighbor who is a doctor makes his living off of people whom he helps This in my mind can actually be considered class The doctors friends whom also are real upper class members persist on asking Tony mob-type questions as if he were Al Capones sidekick They dont see Tony as one of them He is a complete outsider and will never no matter what be accepted as someone of high social standing In a way Tony and the Doctors crew are like skinny girls having fat friends it makes them feel
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