Antisemitism In The Crucible

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On the night of November 9th, 1938, the Nazis destroyed synagogues and the shop windows of Jewish-owned stores throughout Germany and Austria (“Antisemitism”). Anti-Semitism is defined to be hostility to or prejudice against Jews. There are many aspects of human nature explored in detail from the topic that are all unfortunately negative like unreasonable accusations, violence, hatred, and discrimination just to name a few. In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, there were many complex characters and ideas where there was lying, violent actions, and accusations. As said, these aspects of human nature are found in Anti-Semitism where hatred and lying turned into bigotry actions that were very violent mentally and physically because of ludicrous…show more content…
In the early 1300s, the Black Death arose and created massive terror and hysteria throughout Europe (Wein). People were looking for someone to blame and a source for the plague either for info or medical reasons (Wein). Eventually, Christian people began to lose reason in time of terror. People began to blame Jews for this plague by saying they poisoned the water. They continued saying that Jews wanted to hurt Christian just because they were non-Christians (Wein). Christians began attacking Jews by burning down their properties and even killing them (Wein). Christians used Jews as scapegoats because there was no reason for his awful plague and people began trying to find one which resulted in accusing the Jews which led to violent acts against them. This was a clear sign of Anti-Semitism by labelling Jews as Anti-Christian because they were a different religion than others. Another aspect of human nature is classifying others for inexcusable reasons and in the events that occurred in Europe at that time. With the abundant Anti-Semitic actions in the past, it still persists today in the Middle
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