Punishment In The Crucible

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The 20th century was a time of both success and sadness, triumph and tragedy, however, no event in European history has been quite as disheartening as the Nazi Holocaust, the darkest hour in European History. In less than a decade, The Nazi Party murdered well over 6,000,000 Jews. 6,000,000 mothers, children, fathers, even babies. This tragedy was justified on the grounds that the people of the Jewish population were subhuman, a burden to the Nazi regime. Similar to the Jewish population of Europe, the people of Salem in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, were unfairly sentenced to death without any justifiable reasoning, other than suspicion and hatred. In the past, never before has a civilization been subjected to such incredible punishment…show more content…
The answer to this question is much more complex than one might imagine. Among other theories, are ideas such as the speculation that Adolf Hitler felt some sort of animosity toward the Jewish community, however, that is a falsehood. Millions of Jews during the Holocaust and the twenty people of the Salem Witch Trials had to face: being unfairly blamed for something you did not do.. Likewise, Adolf Hitler ridded the nation of anyone considered an unpure German: Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals. Although the two incidents in history happened just under 250 years from each other, they are both like each other in some respect, such as the fact that there were many murders, many speculations, as well as, unfair…show more content…
During the witch trials and the Holocaust, it is obvious that many people were unfairly judged.Giles corey’s wife was Giles said his wife was “so taken with books” [...] “but it were no witch I blamed her for” (40). For the duration of the Holocaust, Jews and other non-pure Germans were killed without any consent. If you wore the Star of David, you were already associated as “dead”, “gone”, or “executed” and you had a slim chance of survival. These persecutions depicted how morally corrupt people were like the ministers in charge of the village or in the case of the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler and others who followed his Nazi
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