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            The  paper seeks to analyze the Marxist approach to literature relates a literary text to the social, historical, cultural and political systems in which it is created. A Marxist reading does not consider that a literary text stands apart from its writer and the influences that affect the writer. In Marxist theory, every writer is a product of his or her own age, whilst the age is in turn a product of many ages.Karl Marx’s Das Kapital (1867) states that the mode of production of material life determines altogether the social, political, and intellectual life process. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but on the contrary their social being that determines their consciousness. In other words, the social situation of the author decides what type of characters, political ideas and economic statements are developed in the textThere are certain aspects of The Color Purple which might particularly interest a Marxist critic.

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