Marxian Theory In The Film The Bicycle Thief

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Marxian Theory This essay is a critical analysis of the theories given by Karl Marx of class struggles and alienation with specific emphasis on the concept of 'bourgeois' and 'proletariat' and it is illustrated with the help of the Italian film 'The Bicycle Thief'. Karl Marx is a German sociologist and has given many theories till date. His theories of society are important as they are concentrated on economic issues whereby he has connected economic problems to social institutions and have inspired many communist regimes in the 20th century. "Marxism refers to the political and economic philosophy of Karl Marx in which the concepts of class struggle plays a central role in understanding society's allegedly inevitable development…show more content…
Firstly, as per the Marxist theory, there are only two classes when in real world there were not only two classes. There was one class which consisted of the royals and only ordered others around, the other was of the people who were working hard and earning lots (rich working class). Other than that there were the lower working class who weren't working much and then there were the ones who weren't earning at all. So generalizing and saying that there were only two classes is not right. Secondly, the Marxian thinking is too utopian. Also, Marxian theory is a bit inclined towards the Capitalists. As per his theory, the capitalists are able to manipulate the proletarians for their own benefits. About the movie, it also had it's own flaws. To begin with, in the movie 'The Bicycle Thief' we hardly saw women in the working class population. All we saw were women being concerned about some or the other family issues or doing the household chores. Only men were working outside the house and earning a living. Also, the movie only gives us the view of the proletariats and their lifestyle. We hardly get a view of the bourgeoisie class and how their lifestyle
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