In this excerpt, Betty Friedan explores the feelings of entrapment experienced by American suburban housewives in the 1950s and 1960s. She writes that these feelings magnified the desire to have something more, to have something for themselves that did not orbit around their husbands, children or homes.
This excerpt from the first chapter of The Communist Manifesto establishes the dichotomy between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, which is merely a new relationship of oppressor vs. oppressed in the history of class struggles, as Marx and Engels argue that all societies have had these kinds of contending classes.
In reading against the grain students analyze the dominant reading of a text and engage in alternative or "resistant" readings. Resistant readings scrutinize the beliefs and attitudes that typically go unexamined in a text, drawing attention to the gaps, silences and contradictions.
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