Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. But where does real power actually thrive from? According to many websites, articles, and books, power is fueled from your position is society. How high up you are, what job you have, what is your income. Things that make you successful are large contributing factors to your amount of power. Based on the books, A Doll’s House, Things Fall Apart, and Game of Thrones, the higher social status/class you are, the more power you can obtain.
In the book, Game of Thrones, there are many examples of power, and how it’s related to social class. In this series, all of the high lords ...view middle of the document...
This is proved when Nora ruins him. She borrows money to save him which makes him furious. He is mad that it will wreck him socially which will cause him to be very low in society. Everything that he has worked for will be ruined and it will make his job a lot harder. People may not come to his bank anymore which will put him out of business and his power will flush with the business.
Another character from A Doll’s House that has power is Krogstad. All though his power does not come from his social status. He works at the bottom of the bank so he doesn’t have the greatest reputation. His power comes from blackmail. He finds out secrets of others and blackmails them into doing what he wants. That is why he has power over Nora. He knows that she borrowed money illegally and she doesn’t want Torvald to know. This gives Krogstad complete control over Nora, but it is not because of his social status.
According to an online Article, “The Power of Influence”, social status is mandatory to obtain power. it says “If your power and respect are out of balance, people react negatively to you, and they’ll find ways to shut you down.” What this means is that if you are not a respectable person but you somehow manage to to get a high position of power, people will not follow you. They’re not gonna care if you had all the power in the world. If you’re not a good leader and people don’t respect you, you don’t have any power. If you have no one to command or force around, then what power do you have? A title doesn’t make a leader. A leader makes a leader.
“Power - Social Class” is another article that has a great many key points on this topic. It tells the differences in certain kinds of power. It claims that “authority” is the kind of power that is given to one willingly by others which would be the kind of power that Torvald has in A Doll’s House. This kind of power is the one that requires social status and the respect of others. Another type of power the article mentions is “coercion” which is power taken by the threat of force. This type of power would be closely related to Krogstad. It doesn’t require a high social status, just the intent to harm someone who doesn’t follow your orders.
Another article on the internet “How does having power over others at work affect you?” does a lot with this topic. they conducted experiments on a few groups of people with different bosses. The groups that had a boss who was respectable and likable accomplished a lot more. The other groups with the less desirable bosses didn’t get much done. The boss wasn’t able to control his team because they wouldn’t listen to him and follow his directions. That is proof that a high social status...