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The Role Of Economic Classes In Zola's The Belly Of Paris

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Zola’s novel is set in a Paris that is defined by oppositional economic classes that struggle to gain prosperity and security in the Belly of Paris. The opposing socioeconomic camps in The Belly of Paris distinctly resemble those illustrated by Karl Marx. In The Communist Manifesto, Marx describes a society that splits itself “into two great classes directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat (Marx & Engels, 220).” Moreover, Marx argues that the capitalist class, or the Bourgeoisie, has “conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway (Marx & Engels, 221).” In Zola’s naturalist observation of nineteenth century France, the reader imagines a distinct struggle between these two classes.
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