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fws essay 4 - Raesly 1 In American society there are three...

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Raesly 1 In American society, there are three separate classes: the poor, the middle class and the rich . Each of these specific groups has rights in society that are either stated by law or simply understood through customs and tradition . An example of a stated right is income tax laws . The rich are expected to pay more income tax than the poor because they earn more money in everyday work . While this is an example of an actual law, a right that is known through tradition is the rich own more property than the poor . While this is not technically a law, it is the way our society works and has worked throughout history . To no surprise, this custom was true in the medieval period as well . Richer citizens owned more property and had bigger estates than the poor people because they could afford it . The fact that they earned more money can be seen as both fair or unfair depending on one’s perspective . This is fair because the rich typically worked harder for their money and had success in life, but also unfair because many of the poor were brought into society under harder circumstances such as orphans, death of a father, or unlucky economic circumstances . No matter how one looks at this topic the one constant is that the rich owned more property than the poor . The popular feeling amongst society is that the poor do not have the same right as the rich to own property . While this may appear to be true in everyday life, the above statement is false and the poor have the same right to property as anyone else in society . Before establishing why the poor have the same right to property as everyone else, we first must establish definitions for poverty in the medieval period and American society . In the medieval period, the poor were viewed as the rats of society. They could
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Raesly 2 not afford new outfits and wore the same garments every day . Many times, the poor did not have shelter or if they did it was shared amongst a large number of people . Food was also scarce . A good representation of the poor, which takes place during the Victorian period, is the movie Oliver Twist . Even though the movie takes place during the Victorian period, the picture it portrays is a very good example of how the poor in the medieval period lived. In this movie, Oliver and the other orphans run around during the day stealing food and clothes in order to survive . Once they obtained their goods for the day, they would retreat back to a house that they all lived in . Here the food was split up amongst them all . The food that they ate was satisfactory, but it was in no means enough to satisfy their needs .
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