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Economic inequality is a result of the large gap between social classes The novels Poor Things by Alasdair Gray and Dreams of my Russian Summers by Andrei Makine portray a distinction between the wealthy and the poor and how it impacts different characters lives and their social standing Gray depicts this by comparing and contrasting the life of Archibald McCandless to most of his peers in medical school including Godwin Baxter In Dreams of my Russian Summers the dissimilarity between the life of Charlotte Lemonnier and that of the disabled soldiers also demonstrates the effects of economic inequality Both books explicate the powerlessness associated with poverty which is a direct result of the lack of political authority and exploitation the poor receive from society Many poor people are left infinitely waiting while the rich succeed to accomplish their dreams Nonetheless this is a generalization and there are wealthy who help the poor as seen through the experiences of Bella Baxter in Poor Things and Charlotte Lemonnier in Dreams of my Russian Summers In the book Poor Things Gray portrays the discrepancy between poverty and riches by introducing characters from each social class The novel is told through the eyes of Archibald McCandless the narrator who describes the surgical creation of a woman named Bella Baxter who ultimately matures into a feminist and socialist doctor The reader experiences McCandless first-hand struggle with poverty throughout the novel He is of farm-servant origins and battles with that particularly early on in life When his mother dies she tells him her life-savings were in a tin trunk under the bed and muttered take it and count it Gray 1 McCandless decides to use the money that his mother leaves behind to pay for medical school Unfortunately within the first semester at the university he finds himself excluded from the majority of wealthy students in the class due to his lower economic standing McCandless expresses at University my clothes and
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