Anger In The Mid-Twentieth Century

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Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam and Eve, were asked to give God some offerings. However, only Abel managed to please God because of his sincerity and diligence. On seeing this, Cain was full of jealousy and anger and he eventually murdered his brother Abel. This was the first murder in history and it was obviously incited by anger. Anger is an unpleasant emotion that many people suffer from and use as a reaction to painful situations. Unfortunately, it is destructive in most cases and can lead to negative consequences. Feeling rejected, threatened, persecuted, or hurt are some reasons why one feels angry. During the mid-twentieth century, literature was highly affected by the wars and violence taking place across the world. Therefore, anger…show more content…
They may experience severe depression, thoughts of suicide, or have difficulties controlling their anger” (Tull). Their wrath could be turned inward or outward. It could lead to depression, violence, theft and destruction. They also suffer from low self-esteem, identity disturbance, and a desire for revenge (“Complex Post…show more content…
The new generations have grown up with feelings like anger, marginalization, and envy. Therefore, the Jews nowadays try to protect themselves and have an identity even if it is at the expense of other people’s lives. Repression of anger, which is another psychological problem, can also result from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “C-PTSD sufferers may . . . suppress their emotional reaction to traumatic events without resolution” (“Complex Post Traumatic”). Holocaust survivors were shocked at that time and they were unable to reveal their anger. During the war, “one lived as a hunted animal, always on the alert for danger. Any aggressive, vengeful impulse had to be constantly suppressed” (Williams). In addition, “survivors are denied not only the physical arrangements of mourning . . . but also the psychological capacity . . . to complete the mourning process” (Williams). The Jews have repressed their anger and sadness for many years. According to Freud, “people tend to repress memories when they are too painful or difficult to deal with at the time” (Fournier). However, “over time this repression creates inner conflict until [the] repressed aggressive tendencies are given an opportunity to be expressed in the legalized violence of war” (“Sigmund Freud”) as it is the case in Palestine

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