Does any one have a "hook-catching" quote that talks about how society classifies people based on how much wealth they have?
The rich man's dog gets more in the way of vaccination, medicine and medical care than do the workers upon whom the rich man's wealth is built.
This quote expresses the elevation of the rich and their possessions. Even their dog is higher that the workers who sweats hours and hours a day for the dog's owner. In fact, society values little those of the working class.
I think that the definition of "hook catching quote" might be debatable. One quote that I have always loved, as well as the story behind it, came from F.Scott Fitzgerald. The quote is from Fitzgerald's short story, "The Rich Boy," and it is, "They [the rich] are different from you and me." There is much in the quote that really hits on the idea of how social classes are generated by money and wealth. The idea of the rich being "different" is something that has always existed underneath the surface of all consciousness, but is brought out beautifully in Fitzgerald's work. The rich are able to retreat into their wealth, something that Fitzgerald wrote about his wealthy and rich characters Tom and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald understood that the social contempt for wealth that might exist does nothing to change the fact that there are different standards for the wealthy over the middle class and the poor. I also love the quote from an intellectual point of view because of its story in terms of Hemingway's mocking of it, in saying, "Yes, they have more money." The fact that the story of the conversation between both writers in in question helps to bring out much about Hemingway, as well as the fact that Fitzgerald really sought to explore the complexities within the human psyche, to which there was no simple answer. This is in opposition to the impression given off by Hemingway, who sought to bring out a heroic quality that evoked simplicity as opposed to intricate notions of the good. The quote, on its own merit, brings to light how social construction is based on wealth and how society tends to value it over not having it.