Communist Manifesto-Karl Marx

Author: Karl Marx was 29 when he began writing the Communist Manifesto. He joined the Communist Federation in 1847. He was a leader with great power in the German Communist movement.

Context: Communism destroyed old beliefs, and replaced them with new ideas. Marx is convincing the audience that with Communism comes benefits like an improved economy, further development in railways, navigation and political power. He reminds the poor that if they do not give in they will have to suffer through oppression, higher taxes, and no freedom. He states the bourgeoisie “transformed personal worth into mere exchange value” (127), putting down those in a position of wealth.

Language: It is directed towards workers so sections are either made very understandable to all or directed at those in European power, which are more complicated to interpret.

Audience: Current Communists and the workers of the world, people who were unhappy with the current situation. It was also directed to those who were poor and repressed. It gave them a chance to rise up in society.

Intent: To get others to join the Communist part and to gain all European powers appreciation of Communism. Marx wanted to make communism known to all and convince others to join him.

Message: It is trying to convince those oppressed to not rebel but instead to embrace the idea of Communism. Marx states that if not followed, there will be a continuous difference in social classes.

2 thoughts on “Communist Manifesto-Karl Marx

  1. I think your ACLAIM method is well done. One point that you included that I believe is important is how Marx did not preach rebellion to those suffering economic oppression, but rather he tried to allow it to be implemented as a mutual agreement between varying economic classes.

  2. The ACLAIM method that you used really demonstrates your understanding of the reading. To comment on the blog, and also in response to the post above, if those oppressed do or do not revolt, then there will always be a distinction between classes. Thus capitalistic ideals will always thrive in cases where social classes are present because the distinct hierarchy of individuals will be present in times where change needs to be made.

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