Desperate Housewives

17 Oct

In the show Desperate Housewives, class dynamics in the program are prevalent in every episode. On the street of Wisteria Lane, if you do not have as much money as your neighbors, they will know immediately. The main characters of the show, Bri, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle are all very well off women- some due to the success of their husbands and some due to their own actions. As each character is well off, the show does well describing how different each character thinks of themselves and their success. The most successful characters are Bri and Gabrielle. Bri is married to a doctor and will always show up to your doorstep with fresh scones while Gabrille was a famous fashion model and doesn’t mind reminding you if you have forgotten. Lynette and Asian are more of the homebodies as Lynette stays at home to care for her five children while Susan, an illustrator, doesn’t believe that money will truly make you happy.

The residents of Wisteria Lane base their class position basically only on how much money they own. The producers show the cast driving nice cars, living in clean kept houses and have the girls go into detail about how difficult it was to find someone to hem their $4,000 Versace dress. They have their kids go to private schools, have lawn keepers and maids and are all involved in a country golf club. Although these neighbors may be spending top dollar in every aspect of their lives, the producers help show that no matter how much money one may have, their actions may still be poor.

When it comes to examining the class dynamics in the show Desperate Housewives, the character that stands out to me most is Gabrielle Solis. As she grew up in New York City as a model and frequently appeared on the covers of Elle and Vogue magazine, she quickly realizes that she is not like the rest upon moving to the lane. She fell in love with Carlos, saying that that was partly due to the fact that he paid for everything she could ever want. In the show she is always flaunting her expensive jewelry and clothes but once Carlos goes to jail and her stead rich lifestyle is gone, she is forced to appreciate the finer things in life. As Laura Portwood-Stacer states in “Consuming “Trash”: Representations of Poor Whites in U.S. Popular Culture states “people stereotypically viewed as white trash typically are alcoholics, drug users, sex workers victims of domestic violence and etc.”, yet on the show, many of the characters are performing these actions or are victims from them. Although these characters may have the same characteristics of those considered white teach, they are still considered superior and more respectable than others less wealthy. This leads to a concerning argument such as to why “white trash” characteristics are placed more on people with lower incomes while someone making more an hour wouldn’t necessarily be believed as such.

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