_Brokedown Palace_ as a Marxist Allegory. 2nd draft

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Sun Mar 2 20:02:10 PST 2003

On Sun, 2 Mar 2003, David Silberstein wrote:

>Mariska represents the benevolent philanthropic bourgeois -
>she is sympathetic towards the proletariat (Vilmos) and the
>lumpenproletariat (norska), and is also determined at first
>to institute repairs (reforms) to the old system.

To be somewhat more accurate with respect to terminology:  Mariska
represents Conservative, or Bourgeoise, Socialism.  This includes
"economists, philanthropists, humanitarians, improvers of the
condition of the working class, organisers of charity, members of
societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, [etc]" [*]

[*]  Quoting directly from the _Communist Manifesto_.