Study Guide

Airborn Society and Class

By Kenneth Oppel

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Society and Class

Although Airborn isn't exactly Titanic (the movie, not the boat), it does have a similar story line in the sense that it involves a poor kid who falls for a very wealthy young lady. And they're both on ships. Tada. And like Leo in Titanic, in our case Matt is constantly struggling against the disadvantages inherent to being a poor kid in his world. On the other hand, Kate (not Winslet) has to gradually learn that not everyone has been given the opportunities she has been granted through her vast wealth, and sometimes being rich ain't all its cracked up to be.

Questions About Society and Class

  1. Does Matt's social status impact more than just his ability to get promoted?
  2. In regards to our theme, what does Bruce's situation teach us?
  3. Kate has many advantages because she was born into a wealthy family, but she would insist that she's got it just as hard as Matt does. Why?

Chew on This

The author is trying to tell us that money isn't always everything—even if you're rich, there are times in life when other things can hold you back.

The lesson here is that nepotism is a very real and evil force, and should be abolished.

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