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Marxist Comrades or Capitalist Pigs?: From Musical Proletarians to Musical Capitalists in Roddy Doyle's The Commitments
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Marxist themes of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments have not often been looked at. Yet, they are decidedly prominent. The band make use of a Marxist image and of collectivist easy-played, easily-understood music in order to gain working class listeners. In fact, the band itself is based on an egalitarian structure, until it, due to an increasing individualist wish for success, falls apart. The aim of this essay is thus to argue, through pointing to the Marxist rhetoric of the band and the hypocrisy around it, and through a comparative reading between The Commitments and Orwell’s Animal Farm, that The Commitments has an allegorical value, much like Animal Farm does, when it comes to depicting the way Marxism has worked and failed as it has been practised in reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2008. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
English; Engelska; Literature; Litteratur; Marxism; Marxist Criticism; Doyle; The Commitments
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-3421OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:3421DiVA: diva2:518451
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2008-09-28 Created: 2008-09-28 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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