Cults bring fear in the hearts and eyes of the public, but do citizens know how Jim Jones managed to seduce so many people to join his cult, the Peoples Temple? The Peoples Temple was previously loved in the public eye, as they aided anti-segregation groups and community work, but were eventually relocated in Jonestown, Guyana, under the paranoid eyes of Jim Jones, where they were found dead in a mass-suicide. The ways Jim Jones managed to bring in as many followers as he did are still widely debated to this day. Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, manipulated his members to join his sadistic, sinister cult and blindly follow him until their eventual deaths by using threats, blackmail, and brutal punishments.
It would go against his morals if he were to value his life at this moment. In other words, it would be the wrong thing to do, it would not be just. Moreover, he says he has found some shred of goodness within him. This is due to the fact that rather than telling a lie to save his life, he stays true to his beliefs and dies a hero. Martin Luther King Jr. references the parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus in 10:25-37 in his speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”
People backstab one another. One minute, people lay on the solid ground with everything they could imagine, and the next minute, people don’t even recognize what their world used to be. This is exactly how most felt from El Patrón. In the book The House of the Scorpions, El Patrón is a wealthy drug lord who retains all the treasures that anyone could desire in the universe--except for everlasting life. To solve this problem, El Patrón creates clones, and his most recent clone is Matt Alacrán.
Lastly people take Mr.Fowlers side because of Franks innocence in the situation. In a short story called, “Is Innocence Irrelevant”, it talks about about innocence being relevant in criminal situations the author says, “The defendant 's guilt or innocence is at least one vital considerations in determining whether collateral relief should be available to a convicted defendant” (Friendly). Frank had met a girl who he eventually fell in love with named Mary Ann Strout. Mary Ann is soon to be divorced to Richard Strout. Richard finds out about Frank and Mary Ann and murders him.
In the novel, The Hot Zone, the Ebola virus was first discovered in Africa. It was a new type of virus that was unknown to the people there. When the virus started to infect patients in the hospital, it was not only because of the virus itself that caused it, but it was also the lack of clean medical supplies. When nuns were giving patients injections for protection from the Ebola virus, Preston described, “There were five needles a day to give injections to patients” (Preston 102). The nuns at the hospital were reusing dirty needles for hundreds of patients and as a result, caused an Ebola outbreak.
Giles Corey and the Hollywood Ten were both punished publicly. In the play, Giles was killed in front of many people. For everyone that was accused for witchcraft, they were hanged in the middle of the town for people to watch. The people that were put on the blacklist were publicly punished because they could not get hired due to the threat of communism. The people were humiliated in front of everyone because they used the 5th amendment and decided to not answer anything they were asked.
Imagine your home being burnt before your eyes, your family unjustly slaughtered, witnessing innocent people shot without reason, imagine being behind the trigger. Experiencing traumatic events such as these will negatively affect anyone’s character. Ishmael Beah, a child in Sierra Leone, experienced just that. In A Long Way
Religion has always had an impact on society. The Jonestown Massacre was a tragic example of religious control. Jim Jones demonstrates the control he had over many people through religious manipulation and physical torment, in an effort to gain dedicated followers, resulting in controversy. “Jim” Warren Jones was raised in southern Indiana (Judge 7). His father was a diligent member of the KKK (Judge 7).
The “Lessons from Jonestown” article from the American Psychological Association explains what happened in Jonestown, Guyana and why it happened. The members of the church wanted to leave the United States to escape racism, so they agreed to follow Jim Jones to South America. They hoped to live more peaceful, happy lives, but their lives were cut short due to a mass suicide led by Jones. Psychologists, such as Philip Zimbardo, believe that Jones’ success came partially from George Orwell’s book, “1984.” This book explained different facets of mind control and how it is executed, and there are many parallels between the examples in the book and in Jim Jones’ church.
Everyone had to take the poison either by free will, or if they refused, the poison was injected with a needle. Children were forced to drink it first with adults telling them that it was just kool aid. Jim Jones was shot in the head, but it is not known for a fact if he killed himself or if someone else pulled the trigger. There only survivor in Jonestown at the time of the mass genocide was Catherine Hyacinth Edwards Thrash. She hid under her bed until the town was completely silent.
Evil Everywhere With all of the violence in the past, and now the most recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, society is more scared than ever. Dylann Roof, proven to be a white supremacist, walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed innocent people. This incident hit home for so many Americans because not only did the innocent people die, but it was in one of the safest places imaginable, a church (Tauber, Michelle). Many believe that weapons are to blame for this, and others believe that racism is the main focal point.
Disease was another issue, diseases like yellow fever and smallpox were just some of the couple to name in this era. They effected a lot of people and anyone who got this sickness’s ether died because they were not ‘chosen’ by God. Or they lived because it was not a big illness and they would just natural heal. Citizens would not be aloud to leave there house if they were sick until they died or were fully healed. (Laundry ,
Deviance is described as a violation of culture norms. In Jonestown as a Perverse Utopian they described it as a cult. There are cults all round the world however, it is not a norm to be in on or know of one personally. On December 8th, due to their utopian cult there was a mass suicide of 911 people. The leader believed that for many years the “followers needed” to be poisoned with opium and then cyanide.
The mass suicide in Jonestown is easily one of the most infamous events in modern history. The saying “Drink the Kool-Aid” is from this event and still used to this day. The mass suicide happened in 1978, yet people still have so many questions. They cannot wrap their minds on why people would just follow a man to another country and kill themselves. I believe they do not understand what being in a group can cause and what some would do just because of being in that group.
the audacity of that man or if you could even call him a man was impeccable. Even with that terrifying night, Jem and Scout still manage to surprise me even when facing death. Although it was Author that saved my kids life, I can’t thank him enough, other than to keep this night unheard of to the reste