In both of these readings the government is the blame for Germany’s severe loss. In Hindenburg’s Testimony, I personally don’t believe he actually gives any realistic reasoning for his opinion. He talks about how the government was manipulative in the way in which they made military decisions, however, he doesn’t actually give any evidence of this. He only really argues that the government restricted their ability to become stricter and more disciplined. One part of the reading that actually made me laugh was reading the lines that said “(Commotion and shouting)”.
Thesis: Frederick Exley ruins his entire life (or at least the section we read about in the book) by his own accord. The general intent of my paper will describe the relationship between Frederick Exley and self-pity. In other words, what I hope to demonstrate in my analysis is that Exley did, in fact, ruin everything good that happened to him, rather than it being fate or others that caused his life to be in such shambles. I will highlight sections of the book that are pertinent to my thesis and use chosen sources to prove my thesis. I will note how Exley seems to mock/pity others for their simple mentalities and “inability to understand him” while at the same time he wants to be like them and to simply feel like he fits in.
Literary Devices in Maus I & II “The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human.” Art Spiegleman begins his father’s short biography of his life in World War II with these words once spoken by Hitler. It’s a trivial representation of the absolute horror, and pointless hatred Vladek and millions of other Jews faced during this time. Art Spiegleman uses powerful literary elements like this throughout Maus, that almost flawlessly convey to the reader the emotional and physical turmoil Vladek faced, and the anguish Art feels in his attempt to document Vladek’s experience, while struggling to have some relationship with him. Art Spiegleman uses diction to set the overall mood of the story. Art explains in the book that his purpose wasn’t to guilt trip Germans, or make people feel sympathy for the victims of the holocaust, but simply to tell his father’s story and to share his relationship with him.
Emotion (pathos) is using feelings, desires or fears to influence readers. He does this by using a proof known as fear of pain: “If you don’t do things this way, you risk losing time, money, love, security, freedom, reputation, popularity, health, or beauty.” Whitman invokes the readers emotion in the first sentence when he says, “To say America today is verging on Nazism feels like scaremongering (Whitman para. 1)” This quote is playing on the fact that Nazism is scary, however it is not a unfathomable idea. He uses this fear to make the idea that the Nazi’s loved America fathomable. Additionally, Whitman uses a proof known as expression of disgust.
Through viewing these pieces of information we can learn what Banality means, why Arendt chooses banality to describe mens actions like Eichmann, and how/why her understanding of this complicate our understanding of the Holocaust and the atrocities of WWII after watching “Civilian at war”. So what exactly does banality mean? This word describes that the actions by not only dictators, such as Hitler, but also ordinary individuals performing their daily job tasks. These people committed these atrocities with the notion that their actions were normal. The most common example of “Banality of Evil” was the Holocaust.
Churchill cared about his people which leads into his goals. Churchill’s goals were way different than Hitler’s goals. Churchill wanted to keep his people safe and happy by meeting many demands. He also became a supporter of social reform. Hitler had an eye for evil as I would say when it comes to his goals.
Lead by Senator Joe McCarthy, this modern witch hunt for communism ruined lives and spread lies, with the initial victims being the disliked, the outsiders. One of the first of those blacklisted was Owen Lattimore. He was outspoken about his unpopular liberal views and so it was easy for McCarthy to shift blame and suspicion towards him (Victims of McCarthyism). McCarthy played off the existing fear of communism left behind by World War II to gain support for his lagging political career by fighting a problem that did not really exist. As in The Crucible, people easily accepted that Lattimore and others like him were to blame, in this case for being communist.
Now that the Holocaust is recognized as a terrible time, it has been a foundation for how people are treated. People look back at this time in history and realize that it only brought negative feeling and emotions. Even though it may be an ugly smudge on the timeline of humanity, it cannot be forgotten and I think that learning from it has made the world better
In The Great Gatsby the beginning tells of Gatsby, and how he is shrouded in mystery and gossip. “ ‘I don’t think it’s so much that,’ argued Lucille sceptically; ‘it’s more that he was a German spy during the war.’ ” This is just one example that people give about what they think about Gatsby. The initial trust that a character like Nick puts into these ideas effects his view of Gatsby and his initial distant relationship with him. Love in L.A. shows this initial trust as well. Jake attempts to persuade Mariana with his words so she doesn’t file the accident and he does this through playing with Marianas romantic side, he compliments her along with other remarks.
The author describes how language can be used to characterize this type of morality as loyalty, duty, and discipline. The use of language and its complexity is similarly described in “The Death of the Author” and how Barthes argues that the writer and his creation should be as separate as possible. Language or the use of words like “duty” and “loyalty” allow the author to understand the justification behind the teachers’ behavior. The way Barthes disassociates the author from his work, the teachers try to disassociate their emotions from their behavior. Furthermore, this experiment proved that ordinary people can easily become agents to committing terrible acts using the justification that they simply followed orders.
He explains what he saw like death and gore which he says that a kid like him shouldn 't have to see that other than in a form of literature. The next reason for Wiesel’s writing is so that he may fight against people who would forget about such a crucial event (Wiesel Acceptance Speech). He mentions that if we forget, we are all guilty from what might happen next, and that we are the accomplices to see that it may happen again. Lastly, Wiesel lighty mentions two goals that he is trying to achieve. These goals happen to be understanding for those who never got the experience of concentration camps, and not keeping silent about what happened inside the walls of the camps (Wiesel ix).
I’ve never let a friend down like that before. Shmuel, I’m ashamed of myself. (pg 175)” This draws a defined line between Bruno and his father and the Nazi’s who mass murdered and hurt the Jewish population on a much larger scale but do not necessarily take responsibility for their terrible actions, and do not apologize. Bruno had only indirectly hurt Shmuel on a small scale, but feels immensely apologetic in his actions and asks for forgiveness. This shows that Bruno is not a puppet, because a Nazi loyal to Hitler would have never shown such and honest repentance for their actions, no matter how small it was.
While reading this I felt the suspension and intensity of the story building. It made me think deeper about Josef and his past. How could someone that seems so nice be something so evil at one point? Everyone has had dark time in there life, but can someone so evil completely and fully become a better person? I wonder what happened in Josef’s past to make him so brain washed to the point where he believed that being a Nazi soldier was something he should do.