Karl Marx, biography of a philosopher

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Karl Marx was the greatest thinker and philosopher of his time. His views on life and the social structure of his time revolutionized the way in which people think. He created an opportunity for the lower class to rise above the aristocrats and failed due to the creation of the middle class.

Despite this failure, he was still a great political leader and set the basis of Communism in Russia. His life contributed to the way people think today, and because of him people are more open to suggestion and are quicker to create ideas on political issues.

Karl Heinrich Marx was born May 5th, 1818 in Trier. Although he had three other siblings, all sisters, he was the favorite child to his father, Heinrich. His mother, a Dutch Jewess named Henrietta Pressburg,had no interest in Karl's intellectual side during his life. His father was a Jewish lawyer, and before his death in 1838, converted his family toChristianity to preserve his job with the Prussian state.

When Heinrich'smother died, he no longer felt he had an obligation to his religion, thushelping him in the decision in turning to Christianity.

Karl's childhood was a happy and care-free one. His parents had agood relationship and it help set Karl in the right direction." His'splendid natural gifts' awakened in his father the hope that they wouldone day be used in the service of humanity, whilst his mother declared himto be a child of fortune in whose hands everything would go well. (Thestory of his life, Mehring, page 2)In High school Karl stood out among the crowd. When asked to writea report on "How to choose a profession" he took a different approach. Hetook the angle in which most interested him, by saying that there was noway to choose a profession, but because of...