Life of Karl Marx
Karl Marx was possibly one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Marx was born in
Trier, Germany on April , 15 1818. His father, a Jewish lawyer, provided a comfortable life for
Marx and his siblings. His mother, Henrietta, was of Dutch decent. His parents goal was to
provide a family life that would foster an environment conducive to the development of their
children. His father hoped Karl would make a profound impact on the world. If he had only
known how profound that impact would be.
Marx's radical political ideas can be traced back to his high school years (1830-35).
Several of his teachers and fellow students were engaged in quite liberal thinking. Marx wrote a
report in high school in which he was to choose a profession. His paper focused on the belief that,
a profession chooses you, not the other way around. Life's circumstances dictate the career path
you will follow. As you can see, liberal ideas were present in Marx at a very young age.
After his graduation from high school, Marx began his collegiate career at the University
of Bonn. There he studied liberal arts such as , art history and Greek mythology. Bonn's student
population was even more politically than were Marx's high school classmates. Marx jumped
right into the mix. He joined a poets society on campus which had several radical members.
Within his first year he had gotten in trouble for public drunkenness. His father, who wanted Karl
to study law, was dissatisfied with his rebellious nature and course of study. As a result, Marx
transferred to the University of Berlin after only one year at Bonn. There he was to study law and
philosophy as his father had wished. Marx's radical ways would not be tolerated at the more
conservative University of Berlin.
This was to be a major turning point for young Marx. While at Berlin, he was exposed to
the doctrines of Hegal. This exposure would have profound impact on the development of his
own ideas. Marx joined a group of fellow students called the Young Hegalians. This group
studied Hegal's ideas on the development of the human mind. Through these studies, Marx
gained the firm belief that all questions could be answered through the use of scientific or
philosophical principles. Marx's atheistic views coupled with his studies of Hegalian philosophy
lead him to this conclusion. These views lead to criticism from the university. Marx was forced
to transfer to the University of Jena in 1941. His radical ideas and thesis seemed to be more
readily accepted there and received much more credibility. Marx received his degree later that
After graduation, Marx took a job at Rheinische Zeitung, a German paper. It was not long
before he was appointed chief editor. In this position he...