The Life of Karl Marx

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The Life of Karl Marx Karl Marx was the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, along with Friedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto is a pamphlet that was written to let the public know how the working class was being treated, and to try to get rid of the class system that existed at the time. Marx believed that many of the workers throughout England were not being treated fairly and that something needed to be done about it. Marx explains, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” 1 He continues on to talk about how while looking at human history you ought to not just look at great individuals or great conflicts, but instead look more at social classes and the struggles in which they go…show more content…
Due to all of this happening Marx became very depressed during this time. All of this eventually led to his death on March 14, 1883. 4 In The Communist Manifesto Marx argues "in order to understand human history you must not see it as a story of great individuals or conflict between states". 5 Instead you must look at the class struggles to understand this great conflict. Marx thought that at this time the two important classes of people were the bourgeoisie and the proletariats. The bourgeoisie were those people who owned the factories and processed the raw materials, and the proletariats were those people who had very little and were forced to sell their labors to the capitalists. The bourgeoisie were those who dominated society, and the proletariats were those that were labeled as the middle class. Yet, it was not just a struggle between these two classes; it is just that these two classes were the two that Marx uses due to the fact that they have very different status' in society and financial situations. It was the struggle between classes that would eventually lead to a revolution. Marx was right, and soon enough the bourgeoisie class disappeared and the class struggle ended. 6 In conclusion, Marx was a very influential part of society at this time in history. He and Engels both used their knowledge of society and what they though was right
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