What Does Marx Mean by Alienation? Do You Find His Account Convincing?

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What does Marx mean by alienation? Do you find his account convincing?

To begin with I am going to take the definition of alienation from Microsoft's
Encarta (http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary), to give a basic outline of alienation and then I will discuss Marx's alienation and then later on in the investigation I will see how similar
Marx's application of "alienation" is.
Encarta defines alienation as, 1. estrangement: the process of causing somebody to become unfriendly, unsympathetic, or hostile, or somebody's estrangement from or unfriendly attitude toward somebody else 2. withdrawn state: a feeling of being isolated or withdrawn, or of not belonging to or sharing in something.
This led me on to ask, what does Marx
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Alienation is then the breakdown of the natural interconnectedness or expressiveness. The capitalist system seems to impose a dominant controller who severs man's natural connection with the world. The point of connectedness leads me onto my next point on what I feel was the main influence on Marx's work which is that of Marx being a follower of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich "Hegel" and it would seem that a large part of his ideas stemmed from Hegel. This is because the current philosophy of Marx's time was Hegelian.
Of which one aspect illustrated in the relationship of a master to a slave, to which Marx seems to have echoed in terms of the capitalist and the worker.
Hegel's theory can be considered in this manner – suppose we have two independent people, aware of their own independence. Each sees the other as a rival, - each being a limit to his power over everything else.
The situation is therefore unstable. A struggle occurs, in which one conquers and enslaves the other. The master/slave relationship is not stable. Although it seems at first the master is everything and the slave nothing, it is the slave who does the work and by his work changes the natural world. In this assertion of his own nature and consciousness over the natural world the slave achieves satisfaction and develops his own self-consciousness, while the master becomes dependent on his slave. The ultimate outcome, or the greatest outcome of the

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