I have to write a 5 page marxist perspective paper on Oliver Twist
I'm 18, seniorfag
Pls help, I have 40 in the class right now. It's not even AP english, my teacher is just completely out of touch with reality.
I've completed one page, and I'm fucking out of ideas.
here an idea, maybe read some marx instead of bitching here
its fucking high school m8. if the relationship between marx' philosophies and oliver twist wasnt obvious, they wouldnt have you do it
>fell for the /sci/ "english is a pushover maymay."
>took AP Literature senior year
>college that I was looking forward to dropped me like a hot potato
Fuck my life up tbqh familia
My teacher is one of those cunts that insists everything be done her way. I have to follow a rigid as fuck framework or else I get fucked over.
As a result my writing is piss-poor, because she leaves me no room for innovation.
Why don't you do like all of us and bullshit the hell out of it and please, learn to write, that's a very shallow and obvious writing right there.
Put your opinions, Do you like Marxism? Do you liked Oliver? Does your teacher sucks Marx' and/or Dickens' cock? Come on boy, its only 5 fucking pages
>This led us from slavery to feudalism and from feudalism to what we live in now, capitalism.
No, you are just a bad writer: it's choppy, incorrectly punctuated, and, well, lifeless. Don't blame it on your teacher; blame it on yourself.
But you can't assume that the reader knows the name of the protagonist just by the title.
If I wrote a modernist book an named it "Pandora's box" it could very well have a protagonist name ryan.
ok op i'm going to give u the paper writing work ethic u will need to write papers no problemo from here on out
step 1: understand what is being asked of you
you will always be writing on either a specific topic, assigned by the prof/teacher, or one you create for yourself. so, regardless of where it comes from, you must understand what it is asking of you. Your thesis will be an answer to this question. Until you understand what you're being asked, you'll never be able to start.
step 2: find support for your answer
the easiest way to do this is just to find quotes m8. you think so and so feels a certain way? why say it when you can quote it? usually you'll be required to do this any way, so now that you've the question in your mind--even before you have an answer (its not necessary that you do immediately)--re-read the material, and make note of all quotes/passages that you feel have a direct relation to the question being asked. once you've re-read everything, if you hadn't an answer in mind initially, you should have one by now. otherwise, if you did have an answer in mind, now you have all the support for it.
step 3: create an outline
nobody necessarily enjoys doing this, especially at the high school level, but it will srsly make your essay so much more coherent. having an answer is one thing, but being able to adequately develop that answer is the true test of a good writer. how did you come to think what you do? what considerations were essential to think what you do?--these you must determine, and once having done so, you must consider how to sequence what you've deemed essential. after this, the essay writes itself, hence:
step 4: write the fuckin thing
avoid cliches, and if you're unsure if its appropriate to use a semi-colon, fucking dont
Kek'd so hard at this. Are you meant to be in the slightest bit informed in Marxist theory, to write this piece? Like come on, there's no such thing as "socialist reforms."
"Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. "
- Karl Marx, The German Ideology
Read a bit of Marx, get to grips with the basics, then the paper will write itself. Seriously.
Start proving your thesis with examples from the book OP.
-Oliver Twist illustrates how capitalism structures society to the detriment of the proletariate class.
-Why is society so awful, why is it a crisis?
-Only Marx can explain that to us, here's how:
I'd use marx's 4/5 forms of alienation that coercive labour under capitalism causes. spend about 1 page on each form, explain it then use an example from the book where it's illustrated.
even tho im anti-humanist, I think it's marx's best moral/humanist argument, with oliver twist being a modernist piece of work
One of the main tenants of Marxism is that people are "exploited" by the capitalistic system by becoming wage-slaves. They are "exploited" because they are never paid in full for their services.
For example, if you serve dozens of customers as a coffee shop employee and make $600, you can be damn sure you're not getting all 600 of those dollars. Instead, you are paid a small (usually minimal) wage. This is done to ensure that the boss can reap a hefty profit for himself. Essentially, Marxism states that people will always be exploited by those with power and money, leading to impoverishment for the masses.
If you can't make any correlations between these themes and the experiences of Oliver in the Industrial era in which he lived, then you didn't read the book well enough.
minus the price of the coffee and transportation yes
that's the point, the overman controller does not deserve lion-share, he deserves the same as another seller dude, according to marx anyway
I'd include the idea of 'loss of innocence' in this essay. Describe very sexually how Oliver is bent over and fucked by capitalism, the state apparatus, the repressive apparatus, ideology and can do nothing but say "please sir can I have some more?'
use some deleuze and guattari on how sexual work is, and your teacher will think you've plagiarized everything for extra fun.
that seems like it is just hte same bourgeois idea that people should own things, then work, then keep a profit, just now instead of bourgeois owners we have worker-owners. how do you escape the bourgeois legal state appartus idea of 'ownership' and 'labour for profit?'
because they are drinking mostly from his labor
the more money you give to the overman the more stores and the more workers and the more coffee it sounds like a good thing but it usually degenerates into real-estate, sports teams, different brands of coffee, different sub-companies and enterprises so on and so forth, the employee can just as much grow coffee and brew and sell it if he had his proper labor adjusted wages without resorting to international geographical ecological change or whatnot, but you probably would be drinking some other thing due to ecology
according to the gotha critique you are suppose to do a voucher thing and free yourself from money economy first
According to Marx, socialism means that workers should own the mode of production. In other words, if you are working in the alleged coffee store, then you should own the coffee store. To Marx, bosses should be non-existent. Why should someone be able to skim the cream off the top for themselves?
The problem with capitalism is that there are people with a lot of money who can set up establishments like coffee-chains, for instance, and hire workers at dirt-cheap prices, and then profit off of them exponentially. That's exploitation at its finest.
hiring work the same way
you don't have to own the store by yourself, if you don't have the capital you can pool and you can co-own, not even needing to borrow
by worker-owners just means a part of your wage probably will go to "buying" back that part of the store, this is why they don't expand as much because there is no seed capital and they pay their workers almost all of the price of the coffee
in a commie state though a college student would be working at a job more fitting and will receive compensation for his work in that field
you can say oh there are too much humanities but that's actually a part of the capitalist system, in commie countries they had a lot more applied science students
>I had a list of perspectives and I had to choose one
That sounds God-aweful. Jesus, I can just imagine all the horrible papers by stupid first-years who have no idea what they're talking about.
just describe the book but put some marxist keywords in the text
historical materialism, proletariat, bourgeoisie, petite bourgeoisie, class struggle, means of production, wages, industrialisation, marx's teleology to socialism, etc etc
Hello anon, fellow seniorfag here. That looks way cooler than the shit I have to write for AP Lit. For example, we just fucking acted out A Doll's House (Ibsen) in class, and had to write a four page essay about gender roles and the power of "progressive art."
I was yelling at myself the entire time, it was such bullshit.
What colleges are you looking at? Did you apply early anywhere? Get in?
I got my acceptance letter from UVA last week so I'm pretty happy. I'll probably go there. Hopefully the concentration of plebs will be low.
How fucking bad can you be:
>state your point
>provide any background info needed to understand what you will say
>provide context if required
>signpost your essay
>give an argument
>provide evidence to back up the argument
Depending on the length of your essay you want to balance the number of body paragraphs you have with how long they are. The good rule is 3 arguments, and 3 bits of evidence for each argument.
>restate your point
>repeat your arguments but not your evidence
>explain how exactly your arguments prove your point
>restate your point again
Nah, but I couldn't just let that one slide.
you can easily write five pages about the transitional demand of please sir can i have some more, if she meant that you should address it from a historical materialist perspective
if she meant to read it and from the point of marxist literary theory, just go full postmodern and write five pages about how if dickens can write five pages about nothing to get paid more during the industrial age, you can write five pages of nothing to get a meaningless A in late capitalism
if she meant both, add: when their value has deflated to the point a newspaper job even if they required anything other than an A isn't worthwhile because you can't make good money on the internet without tits or other dehumanising qualities and newspapers are dead enough from this repetitive dead pastiche of secondary characteristics that studying chomsky on the conglomeration of condensed interests into broader consent won't help either way, so fuck it why not write five pages about Dickens since the proletariat is due to kill the educated classes any day now for writing shit exactly like this, it's the least you can do for the struggle towards the inevitable, when anyone who wrote like Dickens would indubitably be shot on sight.
It's bourgeoisie not bourgeois, the former being the noun and the latter being the adjective. You could also say proletariat or proletarian instead of working class of worker. Just a tip so your teacher thinks you at least know something about Marx.