Elie feels resentment towards a Rabbi’s son who died and left his father alone, not only had he lost faith in God but he was beginning to lose faith in the good of humanity (Wiesel 91). Speaking of fathers, Elie witnesses beating guard have given his own father. This gives the already unimaginable terror of the Holocaust a whole new and more personal effect on Elie. Elie feels that he is better off alone in a world without God and man. "I was no longer capable of lamentation.
Night In Night, by Elie Wiesel, there is an underlying theme of anger. Anger not directed where it seems most appropriate- at the Nazis- but rather a deeper, inbred anger directed towards God. Having once been a role model of everything a “good Jew” should be, Wiesel slowly transforms into a faithless human being. He cannot comprehend why the God who is supposed to love and care for His people would refuse to protect them from the Germans. This anger grows as Wiesel does and is a constant theme throughout the book.
Yet, the Brooklyn Crucifixions cause shame for his observant Jewish parents. In that way, he disrespects their teachings and wishes. He challenges the Jewish belief on modesty in creating nude works and disturbs the Hasidic community in his Christian imagery. Worst of all is the reflection of the life-like representation of his family in the paintings. This causes a shocked and angry reaction from the public.
He thinks that he will be betrayed in the same ay that he was before by many Germans and even his own friends. The way he is so cold-hearted to his second-wife also shows how unloving Vladek is too anybody who did not make the same exact experiences as he did. Even to his own son, Vladek has trouble opening up about personal memories and being loving and caring. All these bitter emotions that keep Vladek from being happy in his old age are casued from the painful memories of the Holocaust. Vladek's experiences during the war caused a drama... ... middle of paper ... ...is especially incapable of trusting people who didn't libe the same life, like his son.
Christians thought of Jews as hard hearted and made separate rules for them, for example, Jews were not allowed to retaliate if a Christian hit them or called them names, they also had too wear only Jewish clothes so that they stood out. Christians hated and feared the Jews and they blamed them for the death of Jesus. Antonio, Bassanio and their friends mocked Shylock, as he is a Jew and his job was a money lender. We are first introduced to Shylock in Act I Scene 3, where we learn about his job as a usurer. In this scene, Bassanio seeks Shylock out and asks for a loan in Antonio's name.
The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice portrays a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, "I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!" All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them will listen to the other because their hearts are filled with intense prejudice. Antonio proves that he is unwilling to change his feelings toward Shylock when he says, "I'm likely to call you names again, spit on you again, and shun you again." They don't seem to realize that their prejudiced attitudes could get someone (Antonio) killed.
The pressure his parents put on him to go to temple and define himself as a Jew! Jew! Jew! Jew!, "sucking and sucking on the sour grape of a religion," made him crazy. Frustrated with dwelling on the past and the anxiety of being a perfect Jew, Alex insisted, "I also happen to be a human being!"
When Antonio first meets Shylock he is immediately unkind to Shylock because he is a Jew. "Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, by taking nor by giving of excess, yet to supply the ripe wants of my friend, I'll break custom" Meaning he will borrow money although he doesn't like to because most moneylenders were Jews and Antonio disliked all Jews. Shylock try's to be civil with Antonio to get a deal. He say's "How like a fawning publican he looks, I hate him for he is a Christian" The audience immediately feels that Shylock is evil. When the merchant was first shown in the 16th century everyone hated Jews and therefore they would hate him more than nowadays because Jews aren't hated as much.
He learns of the unlikelihood of his owed money being repaid by Antonio and people continue to mock Shylock for his losses, so he seeks his revenge, condemning Antonio to death. He claims religious justification and that he is simply following the 'example' set to him by Christians. Before anything else, Shylock is a Jew in a predominantly Christian city. Members of the two faiths dislike each other (largely due to historical disagreement), and at this time in history it is hardly surprising that the Christians take advantage of their numerical supremacy. In the street they openly mistreat Shylock by spitting and swearing at him because there is nothing to stop them.
Tennesse Williams presents the image of a cruel and merciless God from the Old Testament, who does not forgive Sebastaian's daring act of playing to be Himself; instead, he condemns him to that horrible death in Cabeza de Lobo. In a similar way, society condemns homosexuality. People are not tolerant but critical against everything that goes against social rules. Significantly, at the end of the play when Sebastian is being literary devoured by those boys, Catherine asks for "Help" (It could be understood like "mercy" in Christian terms), but nobody goes up the hill to save him until he is dead. Therefore, both God and society condemn him.