The only way to manage these tailors is to be firm: A Marxist reading of "The Frill"

Seng Tong Chong, Gwynedd Nora Owen, Mariam Mohamed Nor, Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi

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A Marxist reading of "The Frill" revealed the underlying competition for economic and social advantage between characters of different classes. In this case, between Mrs. Lowe, the postmaster's wife and a native tailor. It unveiled the exploitations of one class over another and portrayed the effects of these struggles between classes to the characters themselves. Key concepts discussed are economic determinism and classism focusing on alienation, commodification, reification and hegemony of repressive ideology. Effects of the capitalist economy are ingeniously displayed through the otherwise seemingly trivial everyday scene of one person requesting another to make him or her for something for a certain cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-187
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of the Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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