Examples Of Marxist Criticism In 'Repent, Harlequin'

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MARXIST CRITICISM Marxist criticism was developed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the late 1840s, they did not come up with this as a means of literary interpretation but they just came up with communist manifesto, an idealized idea of society and what it should be like and what it should not be and then people have applied that to literary theory. Basics are very concrete, they're very scientific and very logical. They focus on the material and do not believe in spiritual so they don't believe that we as humans or spiritual beings, they believe that everything is material. When they investigate something it's always explainable, it's always logical, it's always concrete. It's something you can see or feel or touch.…show more content…
At the storys society, time is supreme, punctuality is seemed as religion. If you arrive late to work or basicly anywhere, if you waste your time, you are basicly wasting productivity so that time is taken off of your life. There are numerous ideas in story that we can relate with the ideas of Marxism. Everyone seems same. A certain amount of work is expected for a similar reward. You must conform if you want to earn your place or even avoid losing it. Harlequin defies these notions. He represent the idealized individual, the capitalist one who refuses to conform. The person that Karl Marx seems to hate, not only does to Harlequin directly to fight time and cross the ticktockman, the enforcer of regulation in the society of our story, takes joy in doing so. Harlequin spends an unreasonable amount of money in jellybeans. This purchase of jellybeans is flagrant contradiction to the conservative 'waste-not' principles of Marxism. Additionally, the idea of jellybeans being used as holy water is strengthened by the depiction of Harlequin as a christ-like figure, especially by the society's lower class. Not only is religion not encouraged in Marxist philosophy, Karl Marx once referred to it as a drug of the oppressed people(at the ''A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right''). Harlequin flies above the rest defying societal expectations and ticktockmans regime. In…show more content…
American society at this time was starting to gear up for war. America had heroes that had fought in World War One and heroes were leaving for the second world war. Community was looking for the young, powerful, and courageous, and here is where our character Walter Mitty comes. Mitty (in real life) is described as a “not a young man any longer” by his wife. His wife is constantly mocking him; everything he does is never good enough for her. He, never can seem to do anything right, according to his wife. At the first page we see Mitty’s wife is telling him he is driving too fast, after he drops his wife off, a police officer tells him to drive faster, then when he gets to the garage, the parking lot attendant screams at him for nearly hitting another car and being a bad driver. This is where we understand that Walter Mitty is not the strong, able, young man that society is looking
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