The Marxist Criticism Lens Of Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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Where does power come from? Well, Karl Marx doesn’t care because he doesn’t believe in power. He created a lens called the Marxist Criticism lens. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a wonderful example of the Marxist Criticism lens, because it reflects the idea that money creates power. This book is about a boy named Pip who experiences and lives all the ups and downs that money brings. As a child, the only person Pip knew that had power was Mrs. Joe Gargery, Pip’s sister. The cause of her power was the face that she made the most money, although Pip didn’t understand that at this point in his life. According to Pip on page five, “she was tall and bony, and almost always wore a coarse apron…”, “she made it a powerful merit in herself, and a strong reproach against Joe, that she wore this apron so much.” So Mrs. Joe wears this apron to remind Joe who has power in the household. She was able to gain this power because she made the most money in the family. And because of her power, all money made by Joe and Pop goes directly to her which allows her to get more money. The more money she gets, the more powerful she becomes. For example, on page eighty, it explains that the money Miss Havisham gave Pip after the exchange was to be given to Pip’s master. Therefore, the money went to Mrs. Joe. Because Mrs. Joe was Pip’s “master”, she was given the money. So these two examples are great ways to show how money creates power. Since Mrs. Joe was the one who earned all the…

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