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Marxism Through Galileo Marxism is a form of communism in which one day the common people or the proletariats would overthrow the power of the upper class or capitalists Bertolt Brecht the author of the play Galileo was a strong believer in this kind of communism The story of Galileo Galilei and the time of the inquisition in which Galileo lived makes it the perfect setting for Brecht to express his communist ideas Bertolt Brechts belief in Marxism is prevalent throughout the play Galileo The communists believe in economic materialism This is a concept in which the upper class capitalizes on the work of the lower class In Galileo the kings used Galileos inventions to monopolize for their own profit scene III pg 60 It is also shown in more subtle ways such as when Ludovico refuses to marry Galileos daughter Virginia because of Galileos theories about the universe Ludovico was forbidden to marry Virginia because if the daughter of a bad man sat in his family pew his peasants might stop paying the rent scene VIII pg 93 Ludovicos family would not be able to capitalize on the work of their peasants if they doubted their landlords Marxism believes that one day there may be a dictatorship of the proletariat The lower class would overthrow the upper class and rule themselves Galileo wrote his theories in plain language and made his findings understandable to one and all scene IX pg 103 Therefore it allowed the people to create their own opinion on the subject In the Ballad Singers advertisement of the paper he talks about a little change to do just as one pleases scene IX pg 102 instead of serving cruel lords and gentle Jesus who bids you turn the other cheek just so while they prepare to strike the second blow scene IX pg 102 The Ballad Singer proclaims that obedience will never cure your woe scene IX pg102
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