The Marxist And Postcolonial Lenses

1366 Words May 9th, 2016 6 Pages
There are a million ways to read a story, a million perspectives to choose from, a million lenses to closely examine every carefully written word. When taking on a reading persona, when looking through one of these lenses, the story can be seen in a light completely alien to what is shown on the surface. One can see the story through the eyes of the famous communist politician Karl Marx, the psychologist Sigmund Freud, or even the feminist Susan B. Anthony. With each of these perspectives comes a set of important analytical questions that break the story apart and delve deeper into the author’s true meaning. One such author famous for hiding a deeper meaning beneath the surface of his stories is Ernest Hemingway. By analyzing literature through the Marxist and Postcolonial lenses, one can see Hemingway’s inner thoughts about how people view and interact with each other, on both a classist and racist level. The Marxist standpoint is known to illuminate the struggles and tensions of different social classes in literature. In Hemingway’s “A Cat in the Rain”, the main character is on a lavish vacation in a foreign country, “Their room was on the second floor facing the sea. It also faced the public garden and the war monument. There were big palms and green benches in the public garden.” (“Cat” 1). This description of the luxurious hotel and beautiful country identify it as a great vacation spot, a place most likely sought after by the rich and wealthy. Such is the case for…
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