Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jack The Ripper and The Societal Excess

The story of jack the Ripper reflects concerns about societal excess in the gilded age in many ways. It showed the situation in London which is an urbanized city. The societal excess means more people living in the same place. So, job opportunities were reduced and it was hard for a person to find a job like immigrants and women. numbers of people with low income or without a job grew up which means that more people are not going to find jobs and will chose the to commit crime.

Many people moved to urbanized cities like London and New York to seek better income and better life condition. However, a lot of the people who moved to urbanized cities didn’t get paid enough and were segregated based on their economic status. To survive in these hard conditions, they had to commit robbery, which usually led to murder. Crimes used to happen in places where low class people lived. They didn’t have much police force as in the areas with high class people. Some of the victims of these crimes used to be from the higher class people. As the number of new comers to cities grew up, the number of crimes grew up because poverty levels rose up.

Another concern about the societal excess was women who were from the lower class. Many of the women in the gilded age began to seek job outside of their houses. To do that they had to move to cities that offered job opportunities for them. They were usually young and they also travelled alone. Women did not get paid well either. Thus, there were a big number of women who chose the road of prostitution to ensure their living. They were considered from the lower class. The governments were not happy with their acts and did not care that much if they got robbed or murdered. The police force did not care that much for them either and did not do deep investigations to find the criminal. This led to the appearance of more crimes because criminals knew that they could get away with it.

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