SOCB42H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Walmart, Small Business, The Communist Manifesto

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27 Jan 2014
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Classical soc november 2 lecture 7. Communist manifesto: as literature, history as class struggle. Marx"s piece is propaganda that"s attempting to rally the people together. One of the reasons that it"s so successful is that it uses key literary troupes and presents itself as a kind of tragic comedy. Literary structure of the communist manifesto: an ode to the bourgeoisie: feudalism capitalism. Marx begins with singing the praises of the bourgeoisie class. Opening passages to the book that indirectly critiques the modern bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie produced massive railroads etc. they were quite successful, and. Marx presents them as the greatest class of humans to ever exist: the tragedy of the bourgeoisie. How they"re destined to become their own grave diggers because they produce a new class that destroys them. Not a tragedy in the strict literary sense. In the classical sense of the term, by being the best possible person you possibly can be, you end up destroying yourself.

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