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I have to write a 5 page marxist perspective paper on Oliver Twist

>inb4 underage

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.
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>>7658006
Wow, that's some genuinely terrible writing. Have fun with that 40, bud: you sure earned it.
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>>7658006
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
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>fell for the /sci/ "english is a pushover maymay."
>took AP Literature senior year
>didn't graduate
>college that I was looking forward to dropped me like a hot potato

Fuck my life up tbqh familia
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>>7658006
>LE POOR LEL
>CAN I HAS SOME MORE FAILED STATE, SIR?
>VIVA CHE
There, your teacher will be pleased
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>>7658017
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.
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you should talk about non-sustainability

if you weren't 18 i would berate you on your paper writing skills
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>>7658006
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
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>>7658006
add analysis and transitions fuck
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>>7658032
That has little do with how stupidly you wrote "In Oliver Twist, the story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist."
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>>7658032
>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.
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>>7658061
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.
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>>7658032
"rigid as fuck framework" = standard MLA format
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>>7658071
it's not what you're conveying, its how you said it.

why not say 'of the same name'? "In Oliver Twist, the story is about an orphan of the same name who..."
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>I've completed one page, and I'm fucking out of ideas

You should've written an outline first! Well, it's not too late. Write an outline!
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>>7658006
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
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>"Socialist reforms"

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.
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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
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>>7658064
Your right. I'm stating that from my perspective, instead of marx's, and therefore taking credit for an idea that wasn't mine.

Thank you anonymous
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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.
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>>7658115
Shit.

Well my teacher doesn't know jackshit about history so I'll just bullshit it.

I should've done a deomcratic socialist perspective instead. Fuck
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>>7658123
>never paid in full
Do you think the employee in your example desrves the full 600 he sold?
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>>7658138
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
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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.
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>>7658071
Don't mention his name in the same sentence you mentioned the title. It sounds bad.
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>>7658150
Why does the employee deserve full net revenue when all he provides is his time?
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>>7658150
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?'
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>>7658136
This is why you don't say you know anything about Marx just because you've skimmed his Wikipedia article

Don't perform surgery if you haven't been to medical school
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>>7658160
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
>>7658165
according to the gotha critique you are suppose to do a voucher thing and free yourself from money economy first
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>>7658160
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.
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>>7658186
How is a voucher any different from money?
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>>7658212
How does the coffee shop ever exist if there is no owner?
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>>7658213
you can only get certain things
a voucher for food gets only food
you have to trust people to do other things to exchange for voucher

a voucher gurentees an exchange
money itself has value

>>7658215
worker-owners
plenty of small family owners before big companies moved in, even in the us
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>>7658215
I've always thought it would be great to collectively buy a fastfood franchise with a bunch of other workers and run it as a collective
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>>7658057

You don't put your own fucking opinions in papers, genius.
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>>7658224
>>7658222
So in order for an 18 yr old college kid to work at a coffee shop he needs to have enough cash to buy his way in? How will people with no money ever get a job if all employees are part owners?
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>>7658235
You do if it is an essay
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OP post your entire essay so far here in a reply
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>>7658237
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
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Do they really teach little faggots Marx nowadays?
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>>7658268
No, I had a list of perspectives and I had to choose one. I sure as hell wasn't going to do feminist or psychoanalytical perspective.
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>>7658304
your highschool seems pretty based if you get to write a psychoanalytical essay on fucking oliver twist
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>>7658304
>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.
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>>7658304
feminist sounds so easy though
if your teacher disagrees with your essay you can just scream sexism until he gives you an A
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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
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>>7658006
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.
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>>7658409
>Hopefully the concentration of plebs will be low.
you got accepted...
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>>7658006
>thereforth
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How fucking bad can you be:

Introduction:
>state your point
>provide any background info needed to understand what you will say
>provide context if required
>signpost your essay

Body Paragraph
>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.

Conclusion
>restate your point
>repeat your arguments but not your evidence
>explain how exactly your arguments prove your point
>restate your point again
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>>7658413
This. I wouldn't want to be any institution that would have me as a member.
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>>7658413
eat shit
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>>7658463
so youre aware youre a pleb?
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>>7658405
>marx's teleology to socialism
First of all, Marx didn't have a "teleology to socialism". Secondly, even if he did, no honest-to-Marx Marxist would admit he did.
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>>7658475
Nah, but I couldn't just let that one slide.
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>>7658006
I have to write 1k words on the definition of Humanism, as described by nussbaum, Davies, and king.
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>>7658419
under rated post
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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.
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>>7658151
this serves to show the farce such things are. kekm8
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>>7658854
I am very familiar with Nussbaum but can I get full names on these Davies and King fellows?
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>>7658071
>>7658077
Eponymous is the word you're looking for.
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>>7658006
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.
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>>7658006
You should read Orwell's essay on Dickens. Dickens' "solutions" to poverty are completely compatible with capitalism.

http://orwell.ru/library/reviews/dickens/english/e_chd
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>>7658026
Kick ass in community college for a couple years then transfer. Much easier than getting into a university right out of high school.
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>thereforth
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>>7658257
You hardly need to be a marxist to do that, it's called a leveraged buyout. Happens all the time.
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>>7658405
Don't forget "logic of capitalism", "internal contradictions of capitalism", and "paradox" (used for something that isn't a paradox).
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