Metropolis-Thea von Harbou

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Metropolis-Thea von Harbou

Grade 5 Reading Level

Metropolis paints a stunning picture of the city of the future. At the top of the social pyramid, those who own the city's buildings and businesses live idyllic lives devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; while at its bottom are the workers who live a hellish existence, laboring like robots in its factories, dwelling with their gaunt, stunted children in the everlasting gloom of underground barracks. Fighting to right these inequities are two lovers: Freder, son of the master and builder of Metropolis, who is shocked to social conscience when he glimpses the squalor and hopelessness amid which his father's workers live; and Maria, who encourages the workers to stand united for their rights while following a path of non-violent resistance.

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