South of the slot, by Jack London Essay

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South of the slot, by Jack London

The slot is a metaphor of the "class cleavage of society". There was a contrast between
the North and South of the Slot in terms of building types: in the North were the
higher-class centers of diversion, lodging, and business; and in the South were the
lower-class centers of lodging, unskilled work/business. The buildings are figures of two
contrasting classes that were segregated (?). In order to study the southern people (the
working class) a sociology professor of the University of CA, Freddie Drummond (FD),
decides to work temporarily as an unskilled laborer. Initially he experiences social
problems of adaptation and acceptance by his fellow workers. For example, he doesn't
understand their insistent admonitions to reduce his work pace. As a result of his fierce
competition against them, by the 6th day FD doubles his earnings. He misunderstands their
lack of loyalty to the business, and looks down on them. Being unable to convince
Drummond, and as a last resort, his co-workers jumped on him and attacked him so badly
that he becomes ill. Once recovered, Drummond changes job. He finds himself working as a
fruit-distributor among the women and decides not to change their work conditions. In six
months, Drummond works at many jobs, and succeeds in imitating a genuine worker. As FD
makes tentative generalizations about the working class, he is applauded by the business
people, who divulge and spread his studies to the working class.

FD begins crossing more often the Slot, and staying longer in the South. He acquires a
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