A Visit From The Goon Squad

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A Visit from the Goon Squad is a relatively new literally masterpiece that won the Pulitzer Prize. As it is a new literary work, there has not been a lot of analysis done on it to date, in other words there is a gap in the literature and this essay will attempt to close some of that gap. Through Marxist ideologies, an article by Jeremy Gilbert and a book by Terry Eagleton, this essay will begin to dissect some of the broader topics from a few chapters in the novel as well as the connection it has with Marxism. In Chapter 8, “Selling the General,” and Chapter 13, “Pure Language,” from A Visit from the Goon Squad, Dolly’s calculations for recruiting a candidate to bolster the General’s image in the eyes of America are seemingly…show more content…
Looking at Alex’s rubric, he has created a graph-like system to decide on a scale of one to ten, each candidate’s reach, corruptibility, and need. Similarly, Dolly focuses on female movie stars that are well-known, like Alex’s reach, good-looking, and in need of money, as seen in Alex’s rubric. As well as motivation and similarities in the rubric system, it is important to look at the consequences and resolutions for both Dolly and Alex with the help of Marxism. In the case of Kitty Jackson, who is the washed up female movie star recruited by Dolly, the result is a rather simple one, which is, Kitty can’t help herself but to insult the General for all the horrible things he has done, which in turn, results in her imprisonment. Luckily, with the help of Dolly and the press, Kitty is released from captivity, as well as helps to kick-start her career through the publicity. When looking deeper into the chapter, from a Marxist point of view, one might notice that Kitty is exploited for her desperation just as all the working class are. Kitty was given an offer she could not resist simply because she had no choice, which Marx believes is the central evil of capitalism, that people are unable to do what they wish to do and all their life choices are plagued with the thought of money. What is interesting though, is how Kitty decides to revolt against the general which has a striking similarity with this passage written by Terry
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