Development of Social Status

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The environment and society we live in affects our daily lives. It affects our actions, our behavior, and our lifestyle. Another aspect that strongly influences our lives is social class. Social class is the rank that an individual holds, with present rights, duties, and lifestyle, in a social hierarchy based upon honour or fame. Status may be ascribed, which is assigned to individuals at birth without reference to any innate abilities—or achieved, requiring special qualities and gained through competition and individual effort. There are many effects of social class and can be felt anywhere. Almost every aspect of society is influenced in some manner by social class. School, work, religion, and home lives are also linked to the influence of social classes. “A Devoted Son”, by Anita Desai is a moving story about a father-son relationship which strongly reflects on the effects of social class. It shows how people’s attitudes vary in different circumstances. Social status can affect an individual in society by gaining or losing the respect of a person. It can allow a person to be recognized and, yet, unrecognized. It depends on the status. Social status can be developed or achieved by education, family, or fame and fortune. In the story “A Devoted Son” by Anita Desai, the author uses education, family, and fame and fortune for a way to develop and achieve social status.

Education can greatly impact the individual’s development as a social being. Having a good education means being more knowledgeable and respected among people in society. It allows a person to move forward in society. A more knowledgeable person stands out in society. They contribute to the society and use their knowledge to help the people. In turn, people appreciate them and their status is elevated. Education has a great social importance in society. It can also help to develop the individual’s…...

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