Marxist Literary Theory. Marxist Literary Theory. A form of critique for interrogating all societies and their texts in terms of specific issues – especially class exploitation and the attitudes shared within a given culture. Focuses more on social and political elements
specific issues – especially class exploitation and the attitudes shared within a given culture.
than artistic and visual elements of
Union characterized by exploitation and conflict.
Not me alone—
I know now—
But all the whole oppressed
White and black,
Must put their hands with mine
To shake the pillars of those temples
Wherein the false gods dwell
And worn-out altars stand
Too well defended,
And the rule of greed’s upheld—
That must be ended. —Langston Hughes
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