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This cartoon symbolizes the bourgeoisie power over the proletariat. As depicted, a man is working tirelessly and the owner of the factory reprimands him to work faster. You can see that one of his arm is injured, he has a bottle of water next to him because it is so hot, and a tissue he uses to wipe his sweat. Another person enters and questions how much he gets paid in regards to his hard work and terrible conditions. The owner goes through the numbers. The guy comes to reality and tells the owner that he isn’t really paying the worker, rather the worker is paying him. The owner challenges him by mentioning that he owns all machines while the guy reminds him that the workers are the reason he was able to afford the machines. The owner tells the guy to be quiet about it and then exits the scene. We chose this representation because this is the reason Karl Marx introduced communism. Marx believed that ownership of major productive resources should go to the state and the wealth should be divided equally among citizens. The worker in our cartoon represents the proletariat who must sell their labor to survive. The owner represents the bourgeoisie who are more concerned about wealth and property. This shows how Marx sees the bourgeoisie using their power to exploit the proletariat.

Storyboard Text

  • I am trying
  • Work Faster
  • How much do you pay him for working so hard?
  • $60
  • Where do you get the money?
  • I sell the products that he makes
  • How much does he make in a day?
  • About $125 worth of products
  • Well you act like you're paying him, but he's actually paying you $65 to tell him all day to work faster
  • What do you mean? I'm the one that owns all the machines
  • It's guys like him who made it possible for you to purchase machines in the first place
  • Shh, we don't want him to hear that
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