Marx 's Bikini Bottom : The Political And Economic Philosophy Of Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels

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Marx’s Bikini Bottom When a child is watching the television show SpongeBob SquarePants, it is often viewed as an innocent, comical, cartoon about a Sponge and his day to day activities. But later in life, after learning about Marx’s Theory, one can explain the correlation between the two polar opposites. Marx’s Theory is “the political and economic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in which the concept of class struggle plays a central role in understanding society 's allegedly inevitable development from bourgeois oppression under capitalism to a socialist and ultimately classless society” ("Marxism"). The entire town of Bikini Bottom is exactly how a Marxist City would be set up, with each level of the social structure demonstrated with different characters in different classes; poor, middle, and upper.
The lowest class in the today’s social structure would be considered the poor, which is often viewed as lazy, education lacking people who are not willing work in order to move up through the social structure. Patrick, one of the main characters in SpongeBob SquarePants, presents these views to be true while he is participating in his role in Bikini Bottom. He has no source of income, does not attend school, has little belongings and lives under a rock. In episode 13 of season 9 he refers to his unemployment as “funemployment” when he tries to convince SpongeBob that he does not need to work (Hillenburg). Another character displayed is Plankton. He is also…
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