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    Marxist Criticism

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    Marxist Criticism Introduction Marxist literary criticism is based upon the political and economic theories of the German philosopher Karl Marx. In works like The German Ideology and The Communist Manifesto, written with Frederick Engels , Marx proposes a model of history in which economic and political conditions determine social conditions. Marx and Engels were responding to social hardships stemming from the rise of capitalism. Appropriately, their theories are formulated specifically

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    A Marxist Criticism on "The Importance of Being Earnest" "Excuse me Geoffrey, could you get me some more water. I'm terribly thirsty, and the weather out here isn't doing any good for my complexion." declares the man as he sighs in exhaustion. "Right away sir, anything else?" proclaims the servant. "No that will be all." says the man as he waves off the servant. So is this the scene of yesteryear's society or one of today's, well in actuality it can be either. In today's world the

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    Marxist Critique of Liberalism Phoenix Falconer-Pincus 1411588 Liberalism breathed its first clearly formed breaths at the close of the 18th century with the French Declaration of the Rights of Man to mark the end of the French Revolution. This was followed by the drawing up of a written constitution and so established a republic, a new state. This has became the model for so many states, organisations and international bodies since. In many senses, the French Revolution, created a whole new belief

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    In Marxist thought, the material conditions produce individual as objects that are subject to domination. Capitalist societies create alienation and commodity fetishism, and societal structures become reified in the consciousness of individuals within a society and seem to be natural and unchangeable. In this way, the self is oppressed and isolated from the species-being of humanity. Likewise, nature is turned into something that is to be exploited and commodified. The mechanisms of capitalism are

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    naturalist perspective, Marxist thought is empiricist and can be said to be “turning Hegelian thought on its head” as “Life is not determined by consciousness, but consciousness by life” (p.155). The material world is what gives rise to the actual spirit, rather than the Hegelian notion that the absolute spirit is manifested in reality. Marx’s conception of material history as an evolution of consciousness as “a process of self-estrangement of “Man”” arises from this criticism . In his conception of

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    Marxist criticism is a type of literary criticism centered around the influence of class, power, and economics on a piece of literature. Marxist critics usually examine conflict between characters due to differences in social classes. By analyzing society and history instead of other literary elements like form and craft, Marxist criticism has changed literary theory and practical criticism. Karl Marx created both Marxism and Marxist criticism. Marx believed that the inequality in society would eventually

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    novel is related to the configurations of power, society, and ideology during the 1920’s. Marxist Criticism deals with focusing on the ideological content of a work of literature and its explicit and implicit assumptions and values about matters like culture, race, class, and power. Marxist Critics view the literature as a reflection of the author’s own class or as an analysis of class relations (Marxist Criticism). If one were to look at The Great Gatsby using a Marxism approach, they would know that

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    The Marxist Hamlet

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    The Marxist Hamlet In his article "'Funeral Bak'd Meats:'  Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet," Michael D. Bristol mingles Marxism and Bakhtin's notion of double discoursed textuality into an unique reading of Shakespeare's drama as a struggle between opposing economic classes.  Bristol opens with a two paragraph preface on Marxism, highlighting Marx's own abnegation of Marxism:  "Marx is famous for the paradoxical claim that he was not a Marxist" (Bristol 348).  While he acknowledges

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    Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King

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    Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" (Marx and Engels 2). This excerpt, taken from Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto, explains the two primary classes found throughout most of Europe during the era of the Industrial Revolution. These classes were the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The former were known as the "exploiters" and the latter as the "exploited". The wealth, power, and prestige

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    Ibsen 's A Doll 's House As A Marxist Text In Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House, readers can immediately see how social conditions trapped each character in place and did not allow them to grow further in their lives. Barry Witham and John Lutterbie 's "A Marxist Approach to A Doll House," highlights how the characters in A Doll 's House are pawns to their economic backgrounds, and in Karen Ford 's "Social Constraints and Painful Growth In A Doll 's House," she furthers the argument that Ibsen 's

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