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What passages in James Joyce's "Araby" show Marxist concepts of dialectic and alienation?

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In Das Kapital, Marx describes alienation as a worker's separation from the product the worker produces. In other words, the worker sells his wage labor to the capitalist (ceo, owner of the company) in order to make a wage in order to live (make a living). The worker makes a product but that product belongs to the capitalist (and eventually the consumer). The worker is alienated from the product and, in a sense, the world of making the product (the work environment and social/economic world themselves). 

But in general, alienation means to feel foreign in the world or society you are living in. Given the above description, sometimes this means to feel alienated because you are a low level worker in a society where capitalists oppress workers. There is no question that the narrator feels alienated when he goes to the bazaar. He basically felt at home in his previous world, dreaming of Mangan's sister, enjoying literature, etc. But when he gets to the bazaar, he realizes it is not some...

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