Karl Marx’S Philosophy Defines Specific Characteristics

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Karl Marx’s philosophy defines specific characteristics that came to be known as the Marxist approach. In this critical approach, whoever holds the power and controls the factories or means of production, consequently controlled the whole society. Marx’s opinion states that the laborers running the factories and thus holding the means of production should be the ones holding the power. However, this idea rarely holds true in practical society. Frequently, Marx notes, that the powerful people hire other people to carry out the labor. This decision of power is a reflection of culture. Two main classes or divisions of people exist, the bourgeoisie and proletariat. The bourgeoisie are the powerful or those who in charge or production…show more content…
Simply, the proletariat are conditioned to take pride in their specified areas, thus they are prevented from wanting to challenge their oppressors. The bourgeoisie use a variety of means to impose their ideals on the proletariat such as designing their art and literature to be enjoyable, thus the powerless are immune and unaware to their manipulation. Since the bourgeoisie control the means of production anything offensive or challenge will never come to mainstream. Phillip Sipiora best sums up the idea of this approach when he says it aims to show the portrayal of social injustice, the ethical effects of of the pot elements, the conflict between personal and community responsibilities, and the way the proletariat simply exist without question in their suppressive, evil environment (122). When utilizing the Marxist approach, the two classes are identifiably divided. While both sides are aware of the division of power, the proletariat’s conditioning leads to acceptance of their place with contentment and without challenge. Orwell best describes this theory as “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” (Frye 9). In the novels, the citizens live under this false idea of equality. The bourgeoisie’s definition of equality differs tremendously from the modern day definition of equality. Huxley illustrates
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