Capitalist Critique in The Devil Is A Part Timer
Let’s make this short and sweet.
Plot: The Devil, temporarily defeated by the hero Amelia, is transported to our world. His powers limited, he gets a part-time job at McRonald’s and plans on working his way up the corporate ladder. First, nighttime shift manager, then, THE WORLD!
Commentary: This is all ridiculous of course. The series is primary a comedy series about powerless demons trying to adapt to contemporary city life. The Devil’s idea of conquering the word through hard work and determination seem foolish, but replace “take over the world” with “become a millionaire” and suddenly such social mobility through a McJob is accepted by many as a possibility. After all, the two phrases pretty much mean the same thing anyway.
John Steinbeck once said “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” The Devil is a Part-Timer is by no means a revolutionary text, but has a wrinkle in its premise that certainly pricks against the American Dream.