Sample Essay

This depiction is supportive of the ideology that class structures need to adjust with time and do not have to be fixed with the rich and the meager remaining in their respective categories. When the people end up shifting from one class to another, their inability to cope would lead to increasing discomfort. As a result, the clashes between the powerful and the underdogs would rise and lead to a revolt. The social classes need to be abolished in this context replacing private ownership with collective ownership, and the only way to achieve this is either by revolt or political control, the latter of which would be seized by the servants and peasants in case of a revolt.

Fred has another unpleasant instance when Homer, the sailor comes to visit Fred at the drug store and is met with an opinionated individual who was against the war. He proclaims that Homer lost his hands in the war in vain as nothing good came out of it and was fought on a misunderstood pretext. Homer loses his temper and Fred jumps in to knock the individual out. This represents the classic feud between capitalism and communism. The individual suggested that the actual war to be fought was different, referring in one way to the differences in social classes and the conflicts within societies, only to be thwarted by the might of capitalism (with a punch to the face) represented by the war veteran Fred.

Fred later finds himself out of a job and bordering hopelessness, leading to constant fights with his wife. He represents the neglected and alienated labor that forms part of a capitalist society and is shunned by other more stable classes, including the petit bourgeoisie and bourgeoisies. He has trouble adjusting with them and frequently rejects dinner invitations for the same reason, suggesting a clash of the classes that Marx’s theory advocates against and which communism restores by providing modest jobs for all.

Al, the sergeant, is luckier than Fred. He acquires a job in the loan department of his previous workplace, a bank, a promotion over his last post. His employer, however, represents the stereotype of a big bulky aristocrat or bourgeoisies. He is outwardly very approving of Al’s personality and his stature as a war veteran, suggesting that they both get along very well without the prevailing class clash between them. However, Al proves closer to the lower class as he approves the loan application of another stereotype, a respectable Latino farmer. As such, he ends up being questioned by the bourgeoisies but maintains his ground as one to respect the needs of those capable of meeting their debts, suggesting his willingness to neglect any class differences. This is the attitude Marx advocates for a society to continue developing.

Homer very evidently represents the proletariat class, being jobless and having trouble accepting offers of some from relatives, such as in the scene where he is made to look overtly conscious of his hooks while he engages in a casual conversation with a few. The scene gets especially awkward when he drops the drink glass on to the carpet. He represents the servant/working class, being helpless and defenseless, having trouble adjusting with other classes, etc. He is a classic example of capitalist neglect, forming a class that is evidently helpless and usually unaccounted for.

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