This is where—hanging here from this gallows …’” (65). This quote shows how Elie believed that the Nazis had killed his god, and how that god was no longer there to help him. In Inherit the Wind, the defending attorney, Henry Drummond, believed that the presence of religion in the town was moving the town backwards and not progressing with the times. This was most evident when Bertram Cates attempted to teach the theory of evolution in his classroom and was arrested for it. Cates and Drummond attempt the impossible: going against the word of God, and, consequently, everyone in the town of Hillsboro.
The second Red Scare was a time period where government officials were questioned whether they had Communist affiliations. To eradicate the security threats in the government, President Truman issued Executive Order 9835 to search out “infiltration of disloyal persons.” This action caused the investigation of people like Alger Hiss and other suspected Communists. The government along with the citizens set up effective ways, Blacklists, to bar Communists from getting hired for work. In 1950, Red Channels, a book that exposed 151 writers, actors, musicians, and other radio and television entertainers as Communists, was published. This book completely devastated the people on the list and placed these people on Blacklists.
In 1692 the people of America witnessed the worst show of human greed and violence disguised in the veil of religion, The Salem Witch Trials. With the fear of divine punishment, these trials in the early courts of Salem prosecuted at least 185 thought-to-be witches on the basis of religious beliefs, leading to twenty public executions and 4 others to die in prison (Conforti, 2008, p. 1). What these Puritan colonists learned at the end of these trials impacted the lives of those present, and the course of American History. These trials brought about the Age Of Reason in America, changing how we interact socially, our skepticism, and our ability to think and live life without threat of divine power. The Salem Witch Trials ultimately helped shape the future of America.
This especially applies to Tartuffe, which is a commentary on the Roman Catholic Church. During this time in history, the Catholic Church was not a loving force (Is it “loving” today though?). In fact, the church acted like a dictator. And arguably during this time, the church gained much of its power that it still owns today. Tartuffe was attacked by the church so much that King Louis XIV had to shut the show down.
In France, an already strong public discontent accompanied such views on government reforms. The French public was stirred by ideas about more democratic governments that spread throughout the nation. These new republican stirrings finally culminated in a revolution in 1789. The revolution turned into a bloody and chaotic time for France as the public began to kill anyone, even innocent people. Other countries, such as Russia were alarmed by such turmoil and attempted to prevent such chaos in their countries by supressing enlightened writings.
The first major persecution of Christians officially sanctioned by a roman emperor began during the reign of Nero in 64 AD. At this time Rome had almost been completely destroyed by a fire and the people of Rome were placing the blame on Nero. In order to attempt to shift the blame away from himself Nero accused the Christians of starting the fire. This began the first large scale persecution of the Christians. Not only did Nero hunt Christians down for execution, but he also tortured them for his enjoyment.
Additionally, Jones built high levels of political power by having his members ready to mobilize, by the hundreds, to attend the rallies, a politician’s dream. However, his paranoia regarding the government trying to destroy the church, and assassinate him, grew and when his San Francisco temple burned, he began to build a new compound in Guyana, to flee the oppression and racism that had a hold of the United States. Finally, as the walls were on the verge of crumbling around him, in the form the expected release of an article, Jones and numerous of his followers escaped to
He felt like the Jews were unsettling people and influence challenging ideas he didn't like. When hitler was young, he lost his faith and felt hatred to churches and that when he had a dream of becoming a leader (Keegan 38). Hiteler and the natzis ruined so much of the world that it was unbelievable. His destruction almost brought a end to certain human races and lost the hope that we all had once. The Holocaust was supposed to be nameless.
Additionally, Inspector Goole states that "If men do not learn their lesson, they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish." The terms "fire," "blood" and "anguish" connotes aspects of hell and war, this statement is dramatic irony because, during the time of the play, society has undergone two world wars, implying that society has failed to "learn their lesson" and create a united community. Furthermore, Inspector Goole states that "Millions and millions of Eva Smith's and John Smith's still left with us." The repetition of the word "Million" exaggerates the uncountable amounts of "Eva Smiths and John Smiths" living within
Then both of them were reconciled by the pope, and Thomas Becket returned. After his return Becket infuriated King Henry when he excommunicated the bishops that supported the King during Thomas Becket’s exile. King Henry who is known for his bad temper of course went on a rampage. King Henry’s rage got so out of hand that he rode all the way from Westminster to Canterbury and killed his former friend Thomas Becket in front of the main altar of the Cathedral after refusing to relent. These historical events relate back to the story because it tells of the events that happened in actual history.