Marxism in 13th Night

Elisjoe Ramirez

Throughout the development of the story as readers we begin to see the significant impact Oseki’s socioeconomic status affects her relationships. It would be accurate to say this effective is negative, but again technically this is my opinion. Now I promise my primary focus from now on is to demonstrate how it primarily affected her in a negative manner. When it comes to the relationship Ozeki has with her husband we clearly see how she is used as a punching bag receiving emotional hits from Isamu. What really stood out to me, how insecure she is. We can see how she avoids expressing her true emotions to her own husband. Due to how her husband makes her feel less than because she’s uneducated. In my opinion this fuels Oseki to keep quiet with more reason because she is unequipped to even speak up. It’s an extreme challenge to stand up against someone that psychologically you feel inferior to. When compare it to slavery one of the main reasons slaves stood slaves so long was because they were restricted an education. Knowledge is power, and influences in your understanding who you are as a person. In my opinion, when Oseki meets up with Roku I believes she learns that there are many people struggling go through tough situations and she isn’t the only suffering such circumstances. She reached out to her parents, and they didn’t give her the answer she was looking for. Her parents never have been exposed to such a circumstance like Ozeki was exposed to, therefore making it difficult for them to rightfully guide and instruct her. Through the lens of a Marxist Ozeki’s meeting with Roku, was very significant because it the demonstrated the perfect example of embracing each other as people and not by social class. Oseki didn’t look down on Roku rather she embraced him and longed to see him heal and get up from his unfortunate situation.

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