Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Communist Manifesto and Melodrama

         The Communist Manifesto mainly aims to convey communists’ perspectives and thoughts. With an emphasis on the oppressing and the oppressed, the Manifesto unavoidably builds two opposites now and then throughout all sections. In the section on bourgeois and proletarians, laborers belong to the proletarian class are depicted as victims deprived of recognition of their own virtues. 

"Owing to the extensive use of machinery, and to the division of labour, the work of proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an appendage of the machine..."(18) 

        Because of the uniformity of machinery, proletarian workers gradually “lose individual character” and become “instruments of labor”. Marx, however, indicates that proletarians are instrumental to revolutionize the bourgeois class and build up a new class once they stop fighting each other and realize the significance of concentrating their strength. Knowing their own powers, the victim hero here, the proletarians, can become the lethal weapon that’s antagonistic to the bourgeois. 
        In the following section on proletarians and communists, Marx states that class distinctions should disappear and the workers should be the ruling class and eliminate private property. To me, melodramatic sentences could be an effective technique Marx employed to convince the readers of the ideas expressed in Manifesto. It's noticeable that Marx's tone is rather sarcastic and melodramatic. On page 24, he says"don't wrangle with us so long as you apply, to our intended abolition of bourgeois property, the standard of your bourgeois notions of freedom , culture, law, &c. Your very ideas are but the outgrowth of the conditions of your bourgeois production and bourgeois property, just as your jurisprudence is but the will of your class made into a law for all..."Marx may not be able to influence so many people if it weren't for his strong and harsh language. 

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