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Karl Marx 1818-1883 utilizes the rhetorical strategy of explicit word usage to convey his message dealing with alienation In his early writing on Alienated Labour there is a clear and prevailing focus on the predicament of the labourer In my eyes it is an attempt to draw a stark distinction between property owners and workers The purpose of this paper is to view Marxs concept of alienation and how it affects a particular individual To do so we will look at what Marx means by alienation the different sorts of alienation that he uncovered and the relationship between the capitalistic class society and alienation itself According to Oxfords English Dictionary alienation is defined as estranged or to make hostile19 This is only the beginning of what alienation means to Karl Marx Marxs philosophy like much of existential thinking represents a protest against mans alienation his loss of himself and his transformation into a thing it is a movement against the dehumanization and automatization of man inherent in the development of Western industrialismFromm V Marx was a believer in an inevitable revolution between capitalists and the workers employed in their industries He believed that the actual cost of any product is simply the price of material and most importantly the labour employed to create it However the owner of the industry does no labour in creating the product but rather buys a labourer and sells the results of that mans work Marx therefore considered any profit made in the sale of the product to be stolen from the worker With this in mind we turn to Ma rxs actual concept of alienation according to author Erich Fromm Alienation or estrangement means for Marx that man does not experience himself as the acting agent in his grasp of the world but that the world nature others and he himself remain alien to him They stand above and against him as objects even though they may
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