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Posted February 23, 2007 at 2:51 AM via web

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Can I have advice on choosing a theorist essay with which to compare Darkness at Noon?

The theorists are Karl Marx, Edmund Wilson, Walter Benjamin and Georg Lukacs. Their eassays are Marx: "Consciousness Derived from Material Conditions", Benjamin: "Work in the Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"; Wilson: "Historical Interpretation of Literature"; and Lukacs: "Ideology of Modernism."

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Since Darkness at Noon deals heavily with the concepts of individuality and consciousness, you might do well to select "Consciousness Derived from Material Conditions" by Karl Marx for a comparative essay. In Darkness at Noon, individual consciousness is explored in relation to "grammatical fiction" and the inability to continue following indoctrinated lines of thought to their "logical conclusions" in adverse material conditions, specifically imprisonment. In addition, by associating grammatical fiction with both a toothache and daydreams of past events, consciousness is explored in various classes of material conditions. For instance, one such class of material condition relates to Rubashov's affair with Arlova. His relationship with Arlova has two interior classes of material conditions, those that exist before the Stalin purges and those that exist after the purges began.

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