One of the initial markers of class conflict is differing economic viewpoints which leads to a sense of disconnect. When considering his dining options for the night, Paul identifies with the Proletariat class and says, “We could go back to the café and order a plate of regular-person food…...
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...er viewpoint that he is different and “better” than those around him. After looking at his wife 's dish, Paul says that “the first thing that struck you about Claire 's plate was its vast emptiness… It was as though the empty plate was challenging you to say something about it” (43). His opposition to the setting of the plate is and effort to debase the restaurant. By making the bourgeoisie establishment seem redundant, Paul makes himself feel better and fosters a dissension between bourgeoisie and proletariat. During his stay in France, Paul gives a description of his fellow vacationers: “They didn 't envy their countrymen, who were forced, by financial considerations or other obligations, to stay behind in Holland” (67). In another example of discreditation of the bourgeoisie, Paul exacerbates the pre-existing Marxist notion of struggle Proletariat and Bourgeoisie.
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