THE INFLUENCE OF ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION ON INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY: A MARXIST ANALYSIS OF CHARLES DICKENS' GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
This research paper aims to explore the influence of economic exploitation on individual identity through a Marxist analysis of Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. By applying Marxist concepts such as class struggle, alienation, and commodification to the characters and societal structures depicted in the novel, this study seeks to elucidate how economic forces shape and mold the identities of individuals. The analysis will highlight the impact of capitalism on the characters' aspirations, relationships, and overall sense of self. Through this examination, it becomes evident that Dickens' work serves as a critique of the dehumanizing effects of a capitalist society on individual identity.