The aspect chosen to conduct this investigation is wealth stereotyping of the lower class society. Stereotyping has been an eminent feature in society. From stereotyping, the need to discriminate develops and this leads to prejudice towards behaviours of certain groups of people. This issue was chosen to be analysed as this trend was an incongruous setback, especially due to classism.
As put in by McLeod (2008), the fall back of stereotyping is that people blatantly disregard discrepancies between each person, thus leading to false impressions. Typically, the lower class society is perceived as being unemployed, uneducated and homeless. This perception encourages the media to often categorize lower class individuals as “the underclass”, where women and men are both stereotyped to be societal trash. (Social Classes of People, 2010). Due to this prejudice, the lower class population are discriminated against and denied of opportunities in careers and education, making them feel unimportant. As a result, this clan dwells in inferiority, accepting the dominant society’s discernment of norms. This leads to a trend that has, over time, been brought to light by literary works. During the 19th century, the upper class dismissed the working class as having “inherent laziness” (Anderson &Taylor, 2006, p. 276). Individuals of this class were employed as servants, even seen as disposable “cheap labour” to capitalists, as highlighted by Priestley (1946). This not only disallowed individuals of such class to attain higher ranks, but it also brought about the notion that the lower class society is only fit for such jobs and should further be exploited.