Marx, Late Capitalism, And The Hunger Games

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Marx, Late Capitalism, and the Hunger Games
In his papers, Marx outlines his thoughts on communism and how it would work in a modern setting. Three main points that Marx presents in his papers are that: all value is labor, all value comes from exploitation, and eventually this exploitation will lead to a revolution. In Marxism, the end ideal is that the proletariat, the lower class, will revolt and overthrow the bourgeoisie, the upper class. This ideal is very similarly drawn out in the Suzanne Collins best selling novel trilogy The Hunger Games. This is especially shown in the second novel, Catching Fire. In Catching Fire entertainment is used to quell ideas of revolution. The idea being that if you allow the people to revolt through entertainment, they won’t reach a revolution in actual society. However, in the hunger games, this does not work and the eventually districts revolt.
In his papers, Marx states, “The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones. (Marx)” In a feudal society there are essentially three classes: the lords and their upper class, the craftsmen, and the serfs. Marx says that from this hierarchal system grew the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. In Marxism, labor is the means by which value is determined. That is to say, all value is labor. The bourgeoisie use
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