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The Shining Houses

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Transcript of The Shining Houses

Marxism in The Shining Houses
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Alice Munro
Canadian author writing in English
"Embed more than announce, reveal more than parade."
has won many prizes, including the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.
explore human complexities in uncomplicated prose style
The neighbor has the power
The Author
Marxism in "The Shining Houses"
who has power in the text?
What "master" or dominant social narratives are perpetuated or critiqued and disrupted in the text?
What affects their option for changing things?
How does this power operate and change as the text progresses?
How do they respond? what affects their options for changing things?
Plot Summary
Marxist Theory
By Mia, Riccardo, Yannie, Ava, Amy
Ms. Fullerton
The whole community
At what point(s) do the characters recognized the oppressiveness of the prevailing social order?
Strength and weakness
struggles between 2 classes
The social order: Neighbors of Mrs. Fullerton want her to move out, because they feel that her old house effects the artistic of the street.
The neighbors already recognize the oppress before the story begins
Mrs. Fullerton does not really feel or care what's happening around her.
Mary is the one who really feels the oppressiveness of the prevailing social order. Especially when Mary refuses the neighbors to sign the land allowance.

The residents of Garden Place must sign a petition asking the town to build a lane
Mrs. Fullerton`s land includes a “lane allowance” which means that a road can be put through it by the city and Mrs. Fullerton would have to leave.
“We need a lane any-way. Then she has to get out. It’s the law”.
“ I don’t think we have the right. We haven’t the right.”
“ Mary, don’t you care how things look? You live here too.”

one generation push out the older generation.
The conflict between Mary and her peers is that Mary wants to defend Mrs. Fullerton’s right to keep her house, whereas her neighbors want to tear it down.
The social situation interprets with the Marxist Criticism:
Mrs.Fullerton the poor,hard working
The shining house and the neighbors and Mary the rich bourgeois.
Mrs. Fullerton is ostracized, and victimized when her neighbors decide to petition to have her house bulldozed. “that house is bringing down the resale value of every house on the street”. Mary refuses to sign the petition.
She struggles between herself and society.
Who is/are the victim(s) through the whole story?
They are forced to make a change to get rid of Mrs. Fullerton.
the needed wealth is oppressed by Mrs Fullerton's house.
oppressed by the conflicts between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.
the sympathetic to Mrs. Fullerton makes Mary persuade the community to let Mrs. Fullerton stay.
There is no evidence to show if she know her neighbors are not happy with the house.
The Marxist theory(the Marxist criticism), is created by the Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles
between two classes:
Bourgeoisie and Proletariat
(the upper class)
controls the production of goods
use the laws, politics, religion, education, art, philosophy, and ethics to control the proletariat.
occupies a few of the population of the society, but they own the most wealth of the world
(working class).
employed by the bourgeoisie, and they make the proletarist to work as a slave and then take advantage of them
occupies the most population of the society, but they don’t have much power and money
The Universality makes this a good theory and it is no doubt that the class issues integrate into our society and popular culture.

• Focusing on the society as an entirety in order to present all the power of society that involves.
• Show the power interests of different groups.
•Analyze the society’s conflicts and changes easily.
• Indicates and emphasizes the different classes’ struggle between the proletariat
• Realize the society is separated and organized based on capitalism.

Explain exist certain phenomena.
Ignores the opinions that other factors may help to form and build the society.
Has been famous for long.
It may not fit for the present society because of time, places and the background.

Middle Class
Large community sense: same social narrative and therefore any difference us unacceptable (proletariat)
Mrs. Fullerton is different from them because of her house (bourgeoisie)
Mary is different from them: refuses to sign the petition (bourgeoisie)
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