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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels believed that Capitalist society which is based on the right of each individual to own private property is the cause of the main class divides evident in todays society That the basic right to own property results in the ruling class the bourgeoisie becoming obsessed with the accumulation of possessions and as a consequence becoming slaves to commodities Commodity fetishism This resulted they argued in the widening of class divisions Capitalist society is described by some as protecting freedom and individuality However it also undeniably encourages self-interest greed and - as Marx argued - an obsession with private property It is a society whose basis lies in the fundamental need to accumulate property The people within this society who do not have the means to amass material possessions are pitied considered the underclass They are seen to be lacking in something incomplete and are encouraged to make something of themselves To acquire qualifications a job that pays well to set themselves up so that they too can begin to accumulate material goods This society argues is what everyone should strive for It has been said that Irvine Welshs Trainspotting is a critique of both excess and the culture of materialism The characters in Trainspotting are drug users and have alienated themselves from society However is this a rejection of materialistic society or is it a result of their exclusion from society and their inability to succeed due to their social class Trainspotting is a poignant story told with a certain rawness and harsh resignation that exposes the reality of the ruthless world in which the characters of the novel are born into They are working class and it can be argued the very name of their school birthplace accent and mannerisms are all indicators of the fact that they will remain working class for the rest of their lives The kids name wis doon fir HMPrison Saughton when it
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