The Pattern of Class Struggle Marx Sees Under Capitalism Essay

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Title: ‘What the its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.’ Consider this statement with reference to the pattern of class struggle that Marx sees appearing under capitalism.

Through my analysis of Marx and Engel’s ‘The Communist Manifesto’ I have come to somewhat agree with their view that in the end the Proletariat always come out on top. It seems to me that it is nothing but a vicious circle . Marx comments that through our history there has always been evidence of two classes, in other words: the rich and the poor, he makes the claim that there has forever been the server and the served: “...we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society
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Marx discusses occupation and the importance of monetary value associated with each one, “The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science into its paid wage-labourers.” (D.Mclellan, Marx, OUP 1977 pg 224). Marx makes a hugely valid point in this, the bourgeoisie have in fact turned healing and rewarding occupations into nothing more than money by placing a high wage and great esteem in association with these careers. Many people now seek these occupations for the wage and social rank they allude to alone. Status is hugely important to many people and in many instances people no longer ‘follow their dream’ but simply the pay packet involved.

Capitalism has a huge role to play in the downfall of the bourgeoisie, it does in effect what the bourgeoisie does to the proletariat, it is a constant struggle with capitalists having more means to aid them, giving them the upper hand in the constant conflict. “All classes...are intrinsically antagonistic or contradictory: but some classes occupy ‘doubly contradictory’ class locations”. (Classes, Power, and Conflict Classical and Contemporary Debates, 1992, pg 95) Due to the power which is possessed by capitalism, the Bourgeoisie must keep up.