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By Tony McKenna

Art, Literature and tradition from a Marxist Perspective presents a trip via probably the most salient and abiding circumstances of artwork, literature, television sequence and picture. The research levels from extra classical works reminiscent of the work of Van Gogh or the writing of Balzac and Brontë, all through to these at the innovative of up to date tradition together with HBO's Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The starvation Games, The strolling Dead and the tune of Tupac Shakur.

The writer demonstrates, with a lucid and literary variety, how those works may be able to weave right into a delusion cloth the elemental types of the old realities within which we're enmeshed. McKenna exhibits how every one is stamped with that old necessity.

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159. 17 Ibid. 168–169. 20 Art, Literature and Culture from a Marxist Perspective The difference in the conclusions of Macbeth and Breaking Bad is far from fortuitous. Shakespeare was writing from within a historical hinterland – the space between the old feudal order and the capitalist forms which were beginning to merge and gain focus from within it. Macbeth very much represents the decline of the feudal world by new social forms which are given the veneer of antique supernaturalisms by the writer in order to convey their sense of inevitability.

5 Ibid. In Time 27 The central figure of Philippe Weis, for instance, has acquired a life span of 10,000 years, but more than this, he is the owner of a monopoly chain of time banks which have sprung up in the ghettos and which lend time, at high interest rates, to those who are struggling to survive and have no other options. Weis is forever immortalised in the frame of a young man: his clothes are immaculately attired, and his mansion is resplendent and pristine. And yet there is something utterly hollow about him – an emptiness which pervades his behaviour, a narrowness of feeling and thought; for his obsession with prolonging his existence through the accumulation of (labour) time means that he has ceased to live.

One of the central The Walking Dead 41 difficulties thrown up by the Occupy movements was precisely the question of leadership. Ideologically speaking, it situated itself as the movement of the 99% against the 1%; the notion of having a central leadership composed of a minority or even a single member was, on a certain level, anathema to its ontological basis. At the same time, the need to direct popular protest into successful political gain would seem to require some type of organised and central decision-making apparatus.

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