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New Left Review I/7, January-February 1961

Maurice Butterworth

Oppressed Hero

there is more to be said of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Arthur’s life in the factory is not the centre of his revolt. The book presents, in essence, Arthur Seaton in a state of being oppressed. It is not the traditional sort of oppression. He is not starved, or beaten, or shot. He is not even underpaid. He is bamboozled and used, and he lives under threat.

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