Inclusion of all classes is vital for society to run

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some individuals to no longer even desire to be a part of American society. Inclusion of all classes is vital for society to run properly. Without the working class, the upper class or elite would not make money. Zweig stated that: “private wealth is socially created” (104). Furthermore, if the higher classes were to abandon their strong anger and hostility towards the working class perhaps production could greatly improve. If the working class were more content with their lives, a change that the upper class could help them achieve, 3
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they would most likely be happier in the work place and therefor perform better and be more productive. Higher productivity of the working class would lead to an overall improvement in society. Later in the film, Claudine describes how she is married to “Mr. Welfare” and must live her life accordingly. If she does not feed her kids, it will be considered neglect. If she has a job on the side, she is “cheating”. If she stays at home, she is lazy. Claudine cannot “win”, meaning there is truly no way to work properly with the system. Her struggle is very similar to the line in John Lennon’s song “Working Class Hero” when he sings: “They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool.” Society, and the welfare system in particular, have created a cycle that continues and enforces the negative image of the working class, and does not allow them a way out of it. The attack on welfare is based on the misrepresentation of those receiving it (79). Political leaders have utilized a specific image to portray the poor and working class, which causes society to ignore the true identity of the working class and become angry about the welfare system. Not all people on welfare are abusing the system, and removing welfare will cause those struggling to continue their downfall and societies class lines will stay as they are. Welfare is not the only structure in society that does not allow for the upward mobility of the working class. In chapter three, Zweig discusses how the working class is passed from one generation to another because of the unfair distribution of income and wealth. Those that are in the lower classes must spend all the money they receive and have very few assets to pass to their children when they die. Although Claudine is still living in the film, we can already see her lifestyle being passed to her children. Her oldest son Charles is bitter and ultimately gets the entire family arrested in his attempt to fight 4
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for equal rights, his means of gaining rights lead to his demise. His actions also place him in the category of a “typical black male”: angry and violent. Her daughter is very young
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