How Communism Affects Social Classes in Paradise of the Blind and House of the Spirits

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How Communism Affects Social Classes in Paradise of the Blind and House of the Spirits

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Communism is the idea of a classless society; a society in which there are no distinctions between social classes and where all government systems are abolished. A communist society normally aims to allow individuals to obtain a common political status. Communism, in general, disagrees with old traditions of social classes (What is Communism?). When communism develops in a society, social classes become affected as demonstrated in the novels of Paradise of the Blind and House of the Spirits. In these novels, communism affects the social classes in such a way that the distinction of the rich and the poor is lessened, and an unequal
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Esteban Trueba, one of the main characters in the book, owns the land of Tres Marias. Unlike Chinh, who is a member of the peasantry class, Trueba is a member of the landowning class; therefore he has different views than Chinh.
Since Chinh is a member of the peasantry class, the unequal distribution of wealth among the classes leads him to believe that the peasantry class is a strong and hardworking class who deserves more than what they have. He acts as if it is an honor to be a member of this class. He states,” The Do family [their family] never owned rice paddy, not even the tiniest patch. That is why today, I have been promoted to chief of the village Land Reform Section “ (Huong 31). The Land Reform Section is an organization of the peasantry class that strives to eliminate the wealthy class (the landowning class). Their goal is to denounce those who own land in front of the entire community so that the landowners can witness the feeling of shame and embarrassment. He states “They [the landowning class] belong to the exploiting class. These are precisely the people we must denounce and punish” (Huong 22).
By observing the atmosphere of Tres Marias, it is effortless to see the communism that takes place. In Tres Marias, the upper class [Esteban Trueba and his family] controls the infrastructure of the environment. He rules as a dictator would, and disapproves of the peasantry class holding

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