The British Class System

the british class system

The Great Britain has been known for thousands of years to be divided into social classes. In as such much as you would hate to admit it, the social division is a big deal in this part of the world. The caught the interest of a majority of the authors that existed during the 19th century. They were time and again inspired towards writing novels touching on the aspect of social classes among the British people. Over the years, the demand for the stories whose central theme was the social classes has increased tremendously by readers from all walks of life. It is therefore evident that almost all the novels that were authored in the 19th century had their focus on the Great Britain’s social divisions (Biressi, Anita and Heather, p.260).

The novels gave a clear explanation of what the classes entailed based on the roles played by the members of each of the respective categories. The divisions were in some funny way viewed as a means of encouraging one to make an effort in moving from one class to another. It is human nature to want to lead a good life and therefore the consequent aspiration for a high level. To get rid of the curiosity on what the class system entails, it would be important to touch on the categories into which the British people were divided. The British class system consisted of some distinct groups as discussed below.

Working Class

Contrary to what the name suggests, members of this class are jobless. They are poverty stricken and survive at the mercy of God. Initially, this used to be a class of people who could work and did not rely on anyone for survival. They used to work in small firms or were more often than not hired by people from the elite class. Occasionally, members of the working class could also land jobs in the government institutions. A majority of them are known to be literate since they at least have a university degree to their names (Miles, Andrew and Mike, p.311). People in this class do not rely on inheritance rather on hard work and commitment. However, somewhere along the way they lost track and have now been merely turned into peasants. Members of the working class reside on the rental property.

Elite Class

The elite class is the highest class ever in Britain. Members of this class display a lot of wealth and unimaginable power. It was evident that the monarchy belongs to this category and is deemed as royalty in this class. One common characteristic of the elite people is that they by no means whatsoever associate with people of a lower class. Marriage is strictly restricted to members of the elite class. A violation of this common attribute is unheard of in this part of the world. “Royalty is to royalty” is a common saying among these people implying that their genes are a pure stand and will remain so for the rest of the years to come. Surprisingly, this has remained so for thousands of years (Mills and Colin, p.441).

The elite is a class that calls for respect dictated by their deeds. They drive expensive cars probably explicitly designed for billionaires. Fancy car brands such as the legendary Rolls Royce which also has its roots in Britain best fit their needs. The vehicles can deliver undoubtedly as far as comfort is concerned. Great authors express their feelings in writing by pointing out that the members of the elite class attended honorable parties in which there were meals prepared by chefs from all the four corners of the world; the best that the world could offer. The brands of drinks that are served at such classy parties are so damn expensive and of excellent quality.

One does not require a university degree to attain membership of this class. It is purely through hard work and commitment. In fact, a majority of the British degree holders fall in the middle or lower class. Members of the elite class reside on the private property and own a lot more estates and vocational homes. Elite class members take private jets rather than commercial flights (Parkin and Frank, p.135). These are the owners of major companies. They literary run the economy. They are only a handful and are said to be wealthier than the rest of the British population.

Middle Class

A majority of the United Kingdom citizens fall into this category. These are the people who have made a huge step in life in a bid to improve their living standards. They live on the personal property and are also comfortable in that they can afford to pay bills. They must not be necessarily working instead engaging in profit-making business. They are an accurate description of what a typical family setting should look like. Members of this class can afford a family car and even be in a position to go on vacation during the holidays but not on a regular basis. A university degree is unheard of in this case and is by no means a requirement for this category. The middle-class members who are lucky to land jobs work as accountants, teachers and even bankers. Unlike the elite class, this class of people spends much time watching TV as they are probably not very busy and are majorly concerned with the political situation in the country (Andrew and Mike, p.310). The rate of childbirth is set at an average of three and can comfortably take all the kids through proper schooling.

In the United Kingdom, the lower class is hardly existent. The above-discussed classes are the major ones and had dominated primarily during the 19th century in the Great Britain. A majority of the 19th-century novelists had the aspect of social classes in mind. The theme of the narration was always based on this topic irrespective of what the novel was about whether on war, industrialization or even love. The story would not be complete without a mention of the social classes. However, the issue of social classes in the Great Britain is fading away in the society that we live in today. The trend has been dramatically influenced by the call for togetherness, advanced technology which has facilitated interaction and of course civilization. The world is changing for the better where humanity is more significant than social classes (Mills and Colin, p.443). Every human being deserves to be treated better and is entitled to intermingle freely with the others irrespective of his or her background, tribe, race or even the financial status.

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