The Communist Manifesto


Karl Marx

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Aristocracy Character Analysis

The aristocracy is a ruling class that has seen its power diminish and, in some countries, disappear entirely under the bourgeois capitalist system. Like the bourgeoisie, they hold great wealth and private property, typically passed down from generation to generation by inheritance. Marx and Engels believe that any attempt to by the aristocracy to limit the rise of the bourgeoisie is done in their own interests—not the proletariat’s.

Aristocracy Quotes in The Communist Manifesto

The The Communist Manifesto quotes below are all either spoken by Aristocracy or refer to Aristocracy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of The Communist Manifesto published in 2011.
I. Bourgeois and Proletarians Quotes

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

Page Number: 62-63
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Aristocracy Character Timeline in The Communist Manifesto

The timeline below shows where the character Aristocracy appears in The Communist Manifesto. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
I. Bourgeois and Proletarians
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Meanwhile, the bourgeoisie is still fighting battles with other elements of society. These are the aristocracy, portions of the bourgeoisie that go against the idea of “progress,” and the bourgeoisie of... (full context)
III. Socialist and Communist Literature
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...comes after the French Revolution of 1830 and was written by the French and English aristocracy in an effort to resist the increasing domination of the bourgeoisie. However, according to Marx... (full context)