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Journal Entry 28- Capitalism and the City
December 1, 2010, 10:10 pm
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Both view capitalism in a negative way discussing the corrupt and unfavorable effects it has on NYC. Gorky, though sees this capitalism as defining NYC and therefore influencing his negative view of the metropolis as a whole. He has an overwhelmingly harsh tone in his descriptions of NYC and capitalism, personifying the inanimate objects that ┬ámake up the city while sort of de-personifying the people. Gorky uses capitalism to explain this ‘de-personification’ describing the people as flies and other animals, making them almost soulless. He also uses this analogy of the “yellow devil” in describing capitalism. Through these images he portrays, he paints a sad and dark picture of what he sees in business and NYC as a whole.

Levitch similarly depicts capitalism as he recognizes its corruptness. Quite contrastingly, though, Levitch doesn’t see capitalism as defining the city even though he uses NYC as a prime example of capitalism and the business world. What he sees in capitalism is the lack of intimacy it affects and for which it allows. He uses both a cynical and sarcastic tone, using exaggeration to bring to light serious, and otherwise overlooked, issues. In his interpretation of George Washington’s sculptured outstretched arm as the basis for American history, Levitch exaggerates the details to prove his lack-of-intimacy point. He takes the reader on a tour of Wall Street, through which he manipulates a tour of the effects of capitalism. He describes the different aspects of corrupt business as if they are landmarks in the area and through that description portrays the impact of capitalism on the city. Both Levitch and Gorky use imagery and analogies to really make the reader feel their disgust towards capitalism.

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