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Walter Benjamin- "Some Motifs on Baudelaire"
In the poetry, the man of the crowd in Baudelaire's poetry is the flaneur, the man who is
overcome by the intoxication of the city. Thus, flaneur is a man who views commodities as a
piece of metal that requires new ornaments to be complete. In “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire,
the flaneur is positioned as a passionate spectator. He positions the crowd as his element, as the
water for fishes and air is that of birds. For a passionate spectator, a perfect flaneur, setting up a
house in the middle of the multitude, and flow of movement in the midst of the infinite is an
immense job. As such, his passion is to unite with the crowd and become one flesh.
The huge task of achieving completeness is no more achievable than the completeness
from drug addiction. While he becomes united with the crowd, he, at a given time, becomes their
accomplice. Benjamin attempts to differentiate between the flaneur as a deliberately aimless
pedestrian and an expert of the social ecosystem, who is the potential to violence by the mob.
According to Benjamin and Marcuse, the mob's perception of commodities changes from being
an external component to an extension of an individual or oneself.
Unlike the piece of metal on the conveyor belt, the man of the mob became complete.
The technique of mass production of commodities that defines the attitude of the flaneur has led
to the invention of the Bourgeois artist to use mediated influence towards the crowd in order to
become a producer. Benjamin noticed a reflection of his method in “Epic Theater” by Brecht.
Breatch sought to create a one-dimensional man into a cigar smoker, a more reflective
2. Erving Goffman "The Front and Back of Everyday Life."
The best approach to understanding the actions of human beings is by viewing
individuals as actors on the social stage who constantly strive to make a self-impression for the
sake of the audience. When acting in the social world, people cre...
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