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Marxism in The Metamorphosis
Transcript of Marxism in The Metamorphosis
The Metamorphosis Basics of Marxism Criticism of Capitalism Power to Workers Founded by Karl Marx in response to conflicts and problems derived from Capitalism. The most prominent conflict Marx used is between the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. Marx - Capitalism is the "dictatorship of the bourgeoisie" Conflict of Interest Resolved conflict by creating a classless society "If I didn’t hold back for my parents’ sake, I’d have quit ages ago." "They had become quite accustomed to it, both the family and Gregor as well. They took the money with thanks, and he happily surrendered it, but a special warmth was no longer present." "Leaning back comfortably in their seats, they talked to each other about future prospects, and they discovered that on closer observation these were not at all bad, for the three of them had employment, about which they had not really questioned each other at all, which was extremely favorable and with especially promising future prospects." Gregor represents a Proletariat, valued only because of his ability to work by his boss and family. Gregor becomes a liability when he can no longer work and loses his value and connection to his family. Exposes the unemotional relationships caused by Capitalism. The physical metamorphosis could represent an illness or injury to a worker. To the family, Gregor represented a monarch or the bourgeoisie because he alone provides income and therefore has the most power. When Gregor cannot provide an income, the responsibility goes to his family. Later, the family finds the crippled Gregor to be a liability and a nuisance, and chooses to remove him completely. Represents the ability of the workers to overturn the monarch powers of Europe in the early 20th century. Although the novel was written in 1915, events very similar to actions during the Russian Revolution and Czar Nicholas II in 1917-18. By: Tausif Shahrear
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