The Themes Of Division And Conflict In Plato's Republic?

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Throughout this class, the main goal was to analyze these texts as though we were scholars, and to make connections and identify common themes amongst them. By doing so, we were supposed to be able to more deeply understand each text and the argument each was making. Throughout the readings, the most prominent themes were that of struggle and division, though it is certainly more prevalent and obvious in certain texts than others. Though all the texts depict division and struggle, they focus on different societal divisions. These texts allow the reader to perhaps see these struggles through another lens, though perhaps a more subjective one. This depiction of struggle first became clear during the reading of Plato 's Republic in book I, where…show more content…
The struggle between the Proletariat or working class and the Bourgeoisie or the wealthy. According to Marx, this struggle, and the mistreatment of the powerless by the powerful, is the main flaw of capitalism and that this will cause the eventual evolution to communism. Marx begins the book with "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" (Marx and Engels 1). Throughout history, according to Marx, the constant struggle of the Bourgeoisie to remain in power over the Proletariat has been the primary force driving history. Hence, there becomes an obvious division between the Proletariat, who are described as the laborers or working class, and the bourgeoisie, who control the means of production. Whilst all of the above texts depict struggle in one form or another, they also have another, more specific commonality. This is that they all depict a type of class struggle/division. Marx depicts struggle between the Proletariat and the Bourgeoisie. In Anzaldua, there is a struggle between multiple ethnic and social groups. Wollstonecraft writes of the struggle for equality between men and women (in certain areas at least). Plato, like Marx, depicts division of
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