Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jack the Ripper and Gilded Age concerns about society excess

The story of Jack the Ripper reflects the concerns about society excess in the Gilded age because it points out in a fictional story that Whitechapel, London is overpopulated and people are having trouble finding jobs. In From Hell prostitution is brought up because Jack the Ripper murdered a prostitute. In the Gilded Age prostitution was a big problem because of overpopulation. More and more immigrants came to the United States during the Gilded Age and after a while jobs were harder to find. Even though From Hell was took place in London and not the U.S, it still gave the same point of over population. This caused women to resort to prostitution. In order to live or buy food women had to sell their bodies. Jack the Ripper murdered a prostitute and it was not a huge deal because of social classes and the lower class people were not as important as the upper class people. Which also leads to another conflict during the Gilded Age that was the upper class abused their power.

In From Hell the audience found out at the end of the story that Jack the Ripper was murdering these prostituted for the crown. He was protected under the orders of the royalty. This symbolizes the major differences between classes in the Gilded Age. Upper class people wanted to get rid of the lower class because of general assumptions of lower class people are dirty, lazy people. Upper class people figured that lower class people are poor because they are not as motivated as upper class people and that is why they do not have good jobs. Rich and powerful people do not want poor people around. Without them around that gives the rich more space to build houses and more money to make.

Over crowding of immigrants in the United States causing people to resort to unethical jobs to survive and the favoritism of the upper class during the Gilded age was shown in the story From Hell and that is what the murders of the prostitutes by Jack the Ripper symbolized.

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