The Communist Manifesto


Karl Marx

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Artisans Character Analysis

Artisans are skilled laborers. Marx and Engels refer to them in relation to those economic systems that preceded capitalism. Under some previous systems, artisans of a given craft were members of a guild, allowing them a greater degree of control over the means of production working conditions than the proletariat. They are threatened by the bourgeoisie’s industrial innovations, which reduce work into more and more mechanical, repetitive and low-skilled tasks.

Artisans Quotes in The Communist Manifesto

The The Communist Manifesto quotes below are all either spoken by Artisans or refer to Artisans. 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

Modern industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrialist capitalist. Masses of laborers, crowded into the factory, are organized like soldiers. As privates of the individual army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois State; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the overlooker, and, above all, by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself. The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.

Related Characters: Bourgeoisie, Proletariat, Artisans
Related Symbols: Chains
Page Number: 73
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Artisans Character Timeline in The Communist Manifesto

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II. Proletarians and Communists
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...the bourgeoisie have themselves already destroyed old forms of property, like those of peasants or artisans. (full context)