The Sea Social Conflict Karl Marx Class System written by Edward Bond
The Sea Social Conflict Karl Marx Class System: "The Sea" has several meanings and attributions not only to its symbolic tumult but also to the artistic insights of sociological endeavours. While all modern social class theories always collide either in favour or against the ideas floated by Karl Marx who believed that a social class is a certain category of people that have developed a common relation due to the means of production, they may be referred to as a "class for itself", this very class is defined as a section of society organized in active pursuit of its own interests. This has always been the role of social classes that shape up the cult of society according to their dominance.
The same dominant sects of society are seen at work in "The Sea" with the characters like Mrs. Rafi. There seems an implicit urge for change while the society at North Cost of England does not seem to be affected at all. The playwright, desirous of much wanted change, encourages the people to change. Bond believes that change is inevitable when it comes to the determined 'will' of individuals. The play-right has also depicted repressive class structure of English society which is rigidly which is and aggressively crushing the imminent change. This may be attributed to class struggle within a society.
As Karl Marx believed that every class is busy in active pursuit of its own interests; therefore, the same goes well for all classes of society either it is a working class, a bourgeois, upper or religious class. All the classes push each other where the dominant are able to cause regress to the weaker ones. The class system and conflict within society is primarily responsible change which may either be good or bad. Every section tries to safeguard its own interests and this begins a never ending struggle both within different groups of society and among members of each social group. In doing so, all individuals and groups are affected by each other.
Bond artfully reveals that the excess of power with upper classes and the struggling people of lower classes fight for their survival; this struggle unveils certain shocking truths. There is a tragic conflict between society and individuals and the play-wright advances this with the introduction of character Mrs. Rafi, an aristocrat. A shrewd draper is snubbed at the hands of sheer power of aristocracy. All his cunningness and sharpness is useless against the rigidity and power of Mrs. Rafi. The conflict between classes is evident in all spheres of social interaction where the aristocrats would outclass the working class by all means if it suits them to.
They would use morality, norms, religion or anything they can to their aid. So does our decent Mrs. Rafi when she declines to buy ordered cloth from the draper. Hatch does his best to cheat Mrs. Rafi but he fails in doing so; she is callous to the emotions and yearning of Hatch and his survival. She does not care if Hatch will go bankrupt. Hatch almost begs her for buying the goods she had ordered but she won't because she "cannot patronize a tradesman" who "let an innocent man drown". Apparently, she seems right in her judgment but this will bring about yet another tragedy!