The novel focuses on the negative aspects of capitalism and sheds a positive light on communism. Steinbeck proves that there are many problems in capitalism with the way the migrants suffered during the era of the Great Depression. The economic slump, which many people assume affected the urban populations, was even harsher on the migrants. Steinbeck, throughout his novel, reveals the plight of the migrant workers during the Depression and how capitalism has crushed them. He reaches out to his readers and plants the idea that the glorified capitalism in America is not what it seems, and that any path, even communism, is preferable.
A Symbolic Analysis of William Blake's London .........In his reflection "London," William Blake laments the poverty faced by the lower class of modern, industrialized London, and he can find no note of consolation or hope for their future. The poet uses this theme to dramatically depict the conditions in which the oppressed lower class is forced to live; he develops the theme through the use of sounds, symbolism, and an ironic twist of words in the last line that expresses Blake's ultimate belief in the hopelessness of the situation. The poem is dominated by a rigid iambic meter that mirrors the rigidity and immutability of the lives of the poor and the oppressive class system. .........The first stanza begins with the poet describing himself walking through the "charter'd" streets of the city near the "charter'd" Thames-every aspect of the city has been sanctioned and organized by the ruling class-seeing expressions of weakness and woe on the faces of all the people he meets. The streets and the river make up a network that has been laid out and chartered by the wealthy class to control the poor.
Owen and Tristan argued that the poor working class family unit’s dysfunctionality impacted adults, which later affected their children. They claimed that the poor conditions of the social question related to gender roles within a household. Owen observed bad ha... ... middle of paper ... .... Owen and Tristan provided agency within their solutions in order to benefit the conditions of workers and problems underlined by the social question. Poor working and living conditions were only a few major concerns in the duration of the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Concerns were addressed by socialist thinkers Owen in his document A New View of Society and Tristan author of “Workers Your Condition… is Miserable and Distressing,” who observed the negative impact the industrial revolution had on the workers.
Poverty is an essential motif in Crime and Punishment that enables characters to expose their isolation from society. Raskolnikov demonstrates the true effect that poverty can have on an unemployed man in the 1860s. Razumikhin is seen as Raskolnikov’s foil character that reacts to his form of poverty in the opposite way of Raskolnikov towards society. The weight of being desperately pour effects Marmeledov to extensive lengths that ultimately ends in his death. Crime and Punishment revolves around Raskolnikov and his amplifying guilt after he murders the pawnbroker, Alyona.
He sets up the farmers and the banks as the two main opposing forces. "Lord and serf... in a word, oppressor and oppressed" (Marx, 1) Immediately Steinbeck sets up the very same situation Marx establishes in The Communist Manifesto complete with proletarian (farmers) and bourgeois (bankers) classes. The Joads and the other farmers clearly represent Marx's proletariat. The entire struggle they face is that of finding work or dying on the most basic of levels. Still, they fall victim to the conditions of the Great Depression, resulting in their continued inability to procure such a job.
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck portrays the drawbacks of a capitalist system through the landowners who take advantage of small farmers and through the use of symbolism. Steinbeck wrote this novel because he wanted to draw attention to what was going on at the time. Steinbeck captures this by showing the end results of big business and the little people it effects. The book opens with nature dealing a swift hand to the land and the people who work the land to survive. Steinbeck tells of dust covering everything like a blanket, smothering the people.
“The visitors had to penetrate through a maze of close, narrow, and muddy streets”, this shows poverty in an area in his novel of Oliver Twist. He raised awareness of how badly poor people were treated and tried to show that this treatment was unacceptable through his novels. The opening of chapter 50 of Oliver Twist, shows many examples of poverty, such as “windows guarded by rusty iron cars that time and dirt have almost eaten it away, every imaginable signs of desolation and neglect”. This is a powerful quotation as it almost leaves the reader feeling guilty and appreciative of everything they have. It shows that everything is falling apart in the unemployed part of area.
Arthur Miller is a social dramatist who reflects his outlook on the US government, in many of his plays. The Great Depression had a lasting influence on him, which he portrays in “The American Clock”. Because he was so deeply impacted by the Depression and the government’s role in it, Miller mocks the idealism of the American dream in “Death of a Salesman” and “A View from the Bridge”. Due to his unjust condemnation as a Communist during the McCarthy Era he accuses the faulty court system as culpable. Miller creates John Proctor in, “The Crucible” as a victim during the Salem Witch Trials, to represent himself during the Red Scare.
How does Charles Dickens expose Victorian society's awful treatment of the poor? In my essay I am going to talk about the way Charles Dickens uses Oliver Twist to expose the maltreatment of the poor, by analysing the text. In the early 19th century the industrial revolution started (the building of lots of factories and mills) which drew many countryside paupers into the towns. They hoped for a better life and job, but this was seldom the case because conditions were bad and wages were a pittance even if they were lucky enough to be employed. The owners of the factories got very rich and the workers were extremely poor.
Just as hypocrisy is a major feature in the novel so is satire as such characters as Mr. Bumble and Fagan are satirized by Dickens; along with various institutions present in the book. Dickens uses irony to convey the dire circumstances Oliver and the other orphans find themselves in. Dickens gives accounts of the lower classes living conditions and ironically refers to Oliver and his fellow orphans to be “without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing,” when truthfully the young children are starving and wearing rags. This is what leads to Oliver being forced to ask for more gruel and his eventual removal from the workhouse. Chapter five was one ... ... middle of paper ... ...t the lower classes experience.