weavers - Heather Fackelman April 6, 2009 Selected Topics...

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Heather Fackelman April 6, 2009 Selected Topics in German Literature and Culture Montclair State University The Weavers Marx and Engels sufficiently pointed out the problems within the capitalist system, namely the large division between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Gerhart Hauptmann’s The Weavers accurately portrays some of the problems they mentioned as well as the outcome they predicted. It shows the struggles members of the proletariat face, the way that the bourgeoisie have lost control of the system, and the outcome: revolution. Marx and Engels makes clear that the proletariat class is the exploited class; they labor endlessly under terrible conditions and the only people who reap the benefits are the bourgeoisie. While the bourgeoisie live in conditions beyond comfortable, “manufacturer’s mansion[s] (Hauptmann 31),” “there ain’t a handful of salt in the house, not a piece of bread” in the home of a poor worker (Hauptmann 21). It is apparent that this causes a great deal of stress, especially when Mrs. Heinrich breaks down: “My poor children are starvin’! I just don’t know what to
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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weavers - Heather Fackelman April 6, 2009 Selected Topics...

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