The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx

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Michelle Gu
Professor Christine Abbott
English C101
05 July 2015
The Struggle is Real Throughout history, class structures have invaded every crack of society. People were characterized based on their job, their family background, their income, and etc. With those of higher status holding all the power, class struggles were inevitable. The poor would battle the rich and the oppressed would battle the oppressor. During the time “The Communist Manifesto” was written, we can see two distinct classes battling out as well. These two classes are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. According to Karl Marx in “The Communist Manifesto”, the battle will end “either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes” (Marx 8). Marx argues that in the end the proletariat would remain because the bourgeoisie are unstable and the bourgeoisie unknowingly armed the proletarians to rebel. To understand the arguments and theories of Karl Marx in “The Communist Manifesto”, one must know the difference between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Due to the discovery of new land and the opening of markets, the bourgeoisie arose and with it the proletariat. The bourgeoisie is made up of business/property owners and the proletariat is made up of the working class, who work for the bourgeoisie. With the means of producing goods, the bourgeoisie led society into a new era in which goods were being mass-produced and relations were strictly

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