Failed Revolutions in "Office Space"

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The film “Office Space” depicts several employees at a software firm trying and failing at rebelling against the company they work for. The revolutions against the management and their subsequent failures are explained by Karl Marx’s theories on the proletariat and bourgeoisie in The Communist Manifesto. The problem that the workers encountered was a result of not going far enough in their attempts at improving their lives. In proving the failed rebellions of the employees can be explained by The Communist Manifesto, it must first be proven that the movie accurately represents the struggle between the proletariat and bourgeoisie classes. In this movie the employees at Initech and their upper management represent the continuation of the…show more content…
The working conditions and their effects make the working class “enslaved by the machine” and “by the overlooker” (Marx Ch. 1). These first type of enslavement is seen in the film by Peter Gibbons’ computer taking minutes to save his files, preventing him from escaping his boss. This leads to the second type with the boss telling Peter he needs to work Saturday and Sunday (Office Space). The workers at Initech, especially the main character, can be accurately described as members of the proletariat as described by Marx. It has now been proven that in the film the bosses accurately represent the bourgeoisie and the employees accurately represent the proletariat. Now it must be shown that the actions of the bosses and employees can be explained through Marx’s theory on conflict between the proletariat and bourgeoisie. The laying off of employees is done to maximize profit as it is cheaper to hire “entry-level graduates” and “farm some work in Singapore” instead of paying people who have worked at Initech for years (Office Space). This drive to maximize profits is so the “markets [keep] ever growing, demand ever rising,” which is what fuels the “modern bourgeois” (Marx Ch. 1). Marx writes that these kinds of actions of the bourgeoisie will eventually make “man…face with sober senses his real conditions of his life, and his relation with his kind” (Marx Ch. 1)... This is a key plot event in the film, wherein Peter Gibbons is freed from
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