Classic Marxism is a socioeconomic ideology concerning the major division between the working class or the proletariat, and those in power also known as the bourgeoisie. In the short story “The Brave Little Tailor,” the motif of class division is prevalent. The tailor is the proletariat, a part of the working class. He has to work in order to survive. A women comes around to sell jam to the tailor, but he can only afford three ounces even after making her take out all her pots. When the woman leaves the tailor’s...
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...trip away his power. Similarly, the tailor lacks the superego; he lies to everyone and lets them believe that he can kill seven men with one blow. His superego would have told him not to lie, but he never even bothers to correct them at any point in the story. The id, ego and superego are all aspects of a character that drive their motivations and actions.
Ultimately, the Marxist and Freudian theories can be applied to the short story “The Brave Little Tailor” by: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Marxist theories helps us to understand the struggle between the proletariat (the tailor) and the bourgeoisie (the King). Whereas, Freud’s work on the id, ego and superego helps us to analyze the characters of the tailor and the King in depth. In the short story, the characters are motivated by greed, power and status, and the societal pressures that these entities put upon us.
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