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Victorian Women: A Human Sacrifice

- "In herself the woman is nothing. The woman can only justify her presence on the earth by dedicating herself to others; through deliberate self-effacement, duty and sacrifice she will discover the identity and raison d'être of which, by herself, she is deprived" (Basch 5). Surrounded by such popular belief, the women of the Victorian age had to surrender their valuable possessions simply to avoid the wrath of the male dominated society. The female characters in A Dollhouse, by Henrik Ibsen, project that a woman was merely a self-sacrificing entity of society....   [tags: American Literature]

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Sacrifices for Children

- Sacrifices for Children: Is it necessary that they have a stay at home parent It used to be, that the wife was the designated house maker, and the husband would go work to work the day shift and make all the money. The wife would then take care of the kids and raise them and look after them while the father was away. Since then many things have changed. Women can get jobs easier now and make just as much or more money than men, so the problem arises what to do with the children while the parents are out....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Aztec Era Of The Mesoamerican Culture

- ... Human sacrifice was reserved for those victims most worthy and was considered a high honor. Among the most honored sacrificial victims were the god impersonators. These chosen ones were dressed as a particular god and lived as the god’s manifestation before the sacrifice. They were even treated like royalty, tutored by priests, given a female entourage, and honored with dances and flowers for a period of time leading to the sacrificial ceremony. Another source of sacrifice victims was ritual ball games, where a losing captain or even entire team paid with their life for their defeat....   [tags: Aztec, Mesoamerica, Human sacrifice, Religion]

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Normalizing Homosexuality Through Heterosexuality

- Normalizing Homosexuality Through Heterosexuality The topic of homosexuality has always been one approached with caution due to its taboo nature derived from its deviation from the heterosexual norm. Traditionally, and across several cultures, homosexuality has been successfully discussed through normalizing the behaviour through heterosexual representation. Gender reversal or amplification of feminine qualities of male characters have often been means by which authors are able to subtly introduce the foreign idea of homosexuality and equate it to its more formal and accepted counterpart, heterosexuality....   [tags: confucian gender norms, self-sacrifice]

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Effective Use of Dialogue in The Sacrifice of Isaac

- Effective Use of Dialogue in The Sacrifice of Isaac        In the Brome version of The Sacrifice of Isaac, the suspense created by the emotionally charged dialogue is likely what kept the audience's attention. While it is incredibly likely that the audience knew the entire story, the emotional flavor of the dialogue, such as Abraham's innocent expressions of his love of and thankfulness for Isaac at the beginning of the play, is bound to evoke a certain concern for the characters which dims the audience's foreknowledge of the tale's happy ending....   [tags: Sacrifice of Isaac Essays]

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Hellenistic Marriages Can Be Mutually Supportive

- Hellenistic views of marriage are very different from modern views in many ways, and because of these differences, it can be easy to dismiss archaic and Athenian marriages as loveless or purely functional. However, it should be noted that there are definite examples of these marriages being mutually supportive and loving. One can see these characteristics especially well in two works, Oeconomicus by Xenophon, and Alcestis by Euripides. Although different, these two stories demonstrate both the mutual support and love that can be found in Hellenistic marriages....   [tags: Marry Sacrifice Love Essays]

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Sacrifice within the Israelite Religion

- The primary religious rituals of Israelite religion involved sacrifices and offerings. The ritual system within the Israelite cult evolved around gifts and offerings that were presented before Yahweh. In examining the book of Leviticus, the sacrificial system of the Israelites can be identified. It is this sacrificial system that was handed down by God through Moses that allowed the people of Israel to cross over the gap between their own weaknesses and corruption to the expectations presented by God....   [tags: Papers]

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The Sacrifice a Mother Would Make for Her Child in Beloved by Toni Morrison

- Toni Morrison novel, Beloved originated from a nineteenth-century newspaper article that she read while doing research in 1974. The article was about a runaway slave named Margaret Garner, who had run away with her four small children sometime in 1856 from a plantation in Kentucky. She traveled the Underground Railroad, to Ohio, where she lived with her mother-in-law. When her Kentucky owner arrived in Ohio to take Margaret and the four children back to the plantation, she tried to murder her children and herself....   [tags: runaway slave, margaret garner]

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Social Class Inequities : The Wealthy And Those Suffering From Poverty

- Themes Social Class Inequities The main contrast between social classes, or in the case of the book, the wealthy and those suffering from poverty is shown. Wealth and the lack of it determines the fate of those living in the twelve districts. The amount of wealth a district has determines what privileges that district as a whole, as well as the people living in a district. Only the poorer districts are forced to participate in the violent and deadly games while district one get trained for fame....   [tags: Wealth, Poverty, Cycle of poverty, Sacrifice]

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Presence of Christmas: The Loss of Nelson Mandela

-      “Presence at Christmas”             Luke 6: 27-31                    Only 20 days until Christmas, the world lost a noble presence.  Nelson Mandela, the first President of South Africa who was elected by all the country, died at age 95.  The AP article in the Whittier Daily News said he was “South Africa’s first black president, who spent nearly 30 years in prison, and was a global symbol of generosity and sacrifice.” His death is mourned by not only many people in Africa, but by people all over the world who see in him a man of remarkable things, of forgiveness, of integrity, of sacrifice and of graciousness There has been quite a lot of attention given him by the media.  The honor a...   [tags: death, generosity, sacrifice]

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The Morality of Animal Testing

- Since the beginning of time animals have been sacrificed for the benefit of mankind from on a traditional altar form to the lab table. The morality of animal testing is being increasingly questioned, becoming a hot topic in the media. Where does it say that because humans can express degrees of pain it is okay to test on animals instead. Both humans and animals are not only genetically similar but structurally as well, but animals also react differently to disease. Animals are tested on because humans have a superior feeling towards them because they are able to communicate and appear differently....   [tags: animals, sacrificed, experiments]

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America, Land of the Free...or Not???

- ... Merryman was simply voicing his discontent for the North and committed no crime to hurt national security. However, Taney’s ruling proved null as the army refused to release Merryman. In a time of unrest President Lincoln denied rights to American People in the name of national defense. The suspension of habeas corpus by the president instead of congress is in violation of the Founding Fathers view of civil rights and their system of checks and balances. These liberties were ratified in order to prevent tyranny and injustice by the government....   [tags: freedom sacrificed for homeland security?]

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Sacrifices in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God-- a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-- and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end (99). James Gatz was already "about his Father's business" when he carefully sketched out a schedule for self improvement on the back of his "Hopalong Cassidy" book....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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Sacrifice in A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens

- “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans: 5: 9-10; “United Church”). Characters like Sydney Carton are people that will give up their own life. Such is the case when Sydney Carton promises Lucie Manette to give his own life for her. He pretends to be Charles Darnay, and he perishes when he gets executed by the guillotine. By sacrificing himself, Sydney allows Charles and Lucie the opportunity of escaping the terror during the French Revolution....   [tags: god, heroic power, christian mercy]

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The Spectrum of Sacrifice in The Kite Runner and the Last Unicorn

- In the fantasy novel, The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle wrote that “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back” (Beagle). While this quote is a bizarre non sequitur, its core holds true. It states that the only sacrifice that is truly worth anything is the sacrifice of one’s self. Too often in this age, people step on others to help themselves succeed, gain prestige and positions for themselves while leaving those stepped on in the dust....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The World Of The Ancient Civilization

- When looking back at many of the ancient civilizations, we can learn things about them based on documents written during that time periods and the events that took place. From these things, we can tell what they valued and the meaning behind these values. In Ancient Greece, many of their ideals are prominent in their practices, especially those performed during the earliest Olympic Games, which is something that Greece is known for. Many people know that the Games started here and that the gods were an influencing factor, but that is the extent of their knowledge....   [tags: Olympic Games, Ancient Olympic Games, Greece]

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Single Working Mothers: The Sacrifices of Being A Single Working Mother

- Single Working Mothers Thesis: Within the process of a single mother striving to be successful, a fatherless household will most likely become stressful upon the mother as well as the children. How does single motherhood affect the children of the household. A. The more “transitions” experienced by a child, the more children are likely to have either emotional or academic problems. It is not impossible for the children to have both problems. B. Watching the single mother’s struggle, children are likely to cause trouble in the society....   [tags: fatherless houselhold, financial issues]

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Changes and Sacrifices of the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists

- Early in the Constitutional period, Anti-Federalist, later the Democratic-Republican party and the Federalist had disputes and opposing plans for the new and young nation. Federalist stood for a strong and centralized federal government; especially one that focused on commercial interest. Democratic-Republicans wanted a weak central government that would be under the sovereignty of the states and focused on the agrarian life of the United States. As time dragged on, each party evolved after the Constitutional period from 1800 to 1824....   [tags: the Constitutional period of the US]

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The Cranes Are Flying ( 1957 ) And The Battle Of Algiers ( 1966 )

- ... The Ivanovichs made suffered great changes to their everyday life. Though it was for their own safety, the migration of Russians across the country acted as another sacrifice made for the sake of their country. While this was not specific to Russia during the war, they were forced to endure a great change in not just their location, but their occupations, amenities, and climate. However, families understood since they were involved in the war effort, the must cooperate with Russia in the interest of their country....   [tags: World War II, United States, Algeria, War]

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The Concept of Blood Atonement behind Judaism and Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

- The idea of using blood of a living creature, (typically an animal’s) in order to blot out immorality, or better known as sin, can be traced back to the roots of primal civilization. Specifically in Judaism, the ritual started in which an animal was sacrificed in order to cover the sins of a person or multiple people. As we presently observe the traditions of Judaism we do not find any sign of animal sacrifice, with an exception of orthodox Jews. While on the other hand, Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) will be found to zealously observe blood atonement in their practices today....   [tags: Blood Sacrifice, Animal, Mormons]

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Canterbury Tales - Linking Griselda of The Clerk's Tale to the Biblical Sacrifice of Abraham

- Linking Griselda of The Clerk's Tale and the Biblical Sacrifice of Abraham       The Clerk's Tale seems to strike most readers as a distasteful representation of corrupt sovereignty and emotional sadism; few can find any value in Walter's incessant urge to test his wife's constancy, and the sense that woman is built for suffering is fairly revolting to most modern sensibilities. Nevill Coghill, for instance, described the tale as "too cruel, too incredible a story," and he notes that "even Chaucer could not stand it and had to write his marvelously versified ironic disclaimer" (104-5)....   [tags: Clerk's Tale Essays]

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To What Extent Are Women Willing to Sacrifice In Order to Attain Their Culture’s Ideal Beauty Standards?

- Beauty is a very important aspect for women. A lot of pressure has been place on the female gender to attain a level of beauty that has been set by their culture and society. Due to the desperateness of wanting to be beautiful, women are willing to go to extreme lengths in order to please their family, themselves, and society. Although these measures were much more bizarre in the past than they are now, the present-day traditions of becoming beautiful are still ridiculous. Since women have been given this duty to represent the beauty of their culture, it has become an obligation to fulfill it....   [tags: society, beauty, body image, females]

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Redemption Theme in Cathedral by Raymond Carter

- Redemption can be explained as gaining possession of something in exchange for payment. In order to achieve something, one must do something in return. The end result of redemption may be unknown to the person and what their payment is may be a sacrifice. This motif is relayed in the short story, “Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, by a man who gains new vision from an unlikely source. “Cathedral” consists of three individuals. The narrator is the main character, which the story revolves around. The wife of the narrator is the second character, who is the least relevant....   [tags: Blind, Sacrifice]

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Mandatory Military Service in the United States

- ... In 2003, Representative Charles Rangel, Democrat from New York, called for “shared sacrifice” as he introduced a bill to reinstate the military draft. The proposal required all citizens and permanent residents between ages 18 and 26 to complete two years of compulsory service, either in the military or in civilian capacity.1 Although the bill was defeated, calls for a broader distribution of the burden of war have only increased. (1) The debate on this subject has been going on for centuries....   [tags: economic, social benefits, committment, sacrifice]

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The Masculine Sacrifices of Feminine Manipulation and Critique

- Ernest Hemingway, an American Novelist writes in ways which “uses a plain, forceful prose style characterized by simple sentences and few adjectives or adverbs. He writes crisp, accurate dialogue and exact descriptions of places and things” (Kramer), to reflect his thoughts and life lessons. Hemingway apart of what is considered the “lost generation” writes a vast amount on the society that exists during the time of the World Wars and how they (the lost generation) struggle in adjusting to the changes of society after the wars....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway, American Novelist, Analysis]

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No Sacrifice Too Great

- ... From this point on C.T. was fully committed to Christ and abandoned his cricket career. At this time in 1884 C.T. also received the calling to go to China as a missionary. Six others from Cambridge also were called to the interior of China along with C.T. These seven men became known as “The Cambridge Seven.” It was no small thing that a band of men such as these were devoting themselves to “matters of religion;” for the majority of these men were in positions of honor and influence at Cambridge....   [tags: christians, church, god]

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Jesus: The Final Sacrifice?

- Jesus The Final Sacrifice. There are many beliefs to why would Jesus came to earth in the flesh. Many believe that he came to break the old law in the Old Testament which required a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin, but was Jesus the final sacrifice. In the Old Testament the sacrifice of animals was only temporary to cover sin, as they were made as a burnt offering unto god. There were many offerings made in the Old Testament that was ether for voluntary act of worship or atonement for unintentional sin....   [tags: religious beliefs, Bible studies]

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Beauty and the Beast by Madame Le Prince De Beaumont, Little Mermaid by Andersen and Cinderella by Perrault

- Young girls are often stuck in a world of make believe, they are fed fairytales, dream up unimaginable views of reality and believe everyone will find their prince charming. This unrealistic perspective is formed through their experiences with different fairytales. As G.K. Chesterton tells the fairytale are a realistic world for children, “Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten”. Fairytales lead these girls to believe that in order to find true love there is some sort of intense journey one must go on....   [tags: love, sacrifice, Cinderella, Little Mermaid]

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Comparing the Theme of Sacrifice in My Antonia and The Song of the Lark

- Theme of Sacrifice in My Antonia and The Song of the Lark         A common trait for Willa Cather's characters is that they possess a certain talent or skill. This art usually controls the lives of these characters. According to critic Maxell Geismar, Cather's heroines who possess a skill often either do not marry or marry men whom they dominate; if they do marry the marriage is without excitement because their passion is invested in their art. In a sense, Geismar accuses Cather's heroines of sacrificing their marital roles for their art (172)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death Through Sacrifice

- Death Through Sacrifice Death is one of the most terrible things we humans have to go through. Where do we go after death. Is there a Hell or a Heaven. These are questions that still remain without answers. Since remote times, men have wondered about this, but not even technology has helped us to find answers. Some people are said to have answers; it is true they do have answers, but answers that mainly fix their religious beliefs. Almost all religions have a theory about death, but they vary from one to another, and sometimes the difference is big....   [tags: Greek Culture Traditions Papers]

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Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow

- Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow       Throughout the works of E.L. Doctorow, many facets of American society are explored, ranging from the plight of the homeless to the idiosyncrasies of the rich. A persistent theme prevalent in all of his novels is the existence of the American dream. He seems fascinated by upward social mobility, especially when it involves the impoverished and underprivileged. Yet Doctorow also points out that with the success or attempted success of the American dream, one must make sacrifices, compromising morality, physical well-being, conscience, or identity....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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An Acceptable Sacrifice of Praise and Worship Songs in Today’s Church

- An Acceptable Sacrifice of Praise and Worship Songs in Today’s Church In this year of our Lord 2002, many issues beset the Church. Christians have always been called to interpret the ways of the world, and to live lives worthy of Jesus Christ, our savior and Lord. One of Christ’s commands was: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed with the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Today in America, this commandment is more than usually relevant, with the rise of popular or mass culture, which of necessity affects many Christians....   [tags: Religion Christianity Essays]

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Fasting and The Eucharist: Catholic Participation in the Sacrifice of Christ

- Fasting and The Eucharist: Catholic Participation in the Sacrifice of Christ Christ, as the ultimate sacrifice in Christianity, gave his own life for the benefit of others. His self-sacrifice continues to this day to be celebrated in the Catholic Mass. Through communion, or receiving the Eucharist, one is able to actively partake of the fruits of that sacrifice. But how does one follow Jesus’ example. One surely cannot strive for the same kind of physical death that Jesus experienced. Thus, practice of another form of self-sacrifice becomes necessary....   [tags: Religion Religious Fasting Papers]

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A Study of Candomble Sacrifice Rituals

- A Study of Candomble Sacrifice Rituals In Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions, Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss describe the rites and rituals usually surrounding sacrifice in a religious context. They attempt to create a method for studying sacrifice according to the consecrating rituals that surround the act itself. According to Hubert and Mauss, it is these rituals which define the sacrifice; a sacrifice without these rituals would indeed be meaningless and empty. These rituals shape the sacrifice into what it is....   [tags: Religion]

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The Significance of Sacrifice in Buddhist Practice

- The Significance of Sacrifice in Buddhist Practice The self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc at a busy intersection in Saigon on June 11, 1963 utterly shocked most Americans who could not fathom why a person would commit such a horrific act. Without trying to explore any feasible explanations within this man’s religion, many decided that he was probably just a fanatic who wanted to make a political statement in the most appalling manner possible. Was that the case. Was Quang Duc simply a political activist pushed to the limit, or was he acting with motivation derived from his religion....   [tags: Religion]

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Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham

- Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham Introduction The tragedy of strained relations between Islamic and Judeo-Christian countries is a part of everyday life. One need only pick up a newspaper or check the news story of the day via television, radio, or internet to learn of the latest violent attack by a suicide bomber or military retaliation on such an attack. The terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by countries that are predominantly Islamic with the counter attacks coming from a well-armed Israel, supported by US arms sales as well as US silence....   [tags: Islam History Religion Religious Papers]

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Sacrifice in an Aging Society

- Sacrifice in an Aging Society Our society is currently suffering from a severely limited supply of health care resources. In his State of the Union address this past January, President Bush announced that he intends to commit an additional 400 billion dollars of the budget over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare. Currently, Medicare provides coverage to 40 million elderly; by the year 2031, that number is expected to reach 77 million. [1] As it is, the government allocates 21.6% of its annual budget to meeting health care needs; [2] unbelievably, due to the present nature of the system, even this huge proportion of the budget is not sufficient to meet the requirements of thi...   [tags: Ethics Healthcare Geriatrics Dying Essays]

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Sacrifice and Cadaver Donation

- Sacrifice and Cadaver Donation Though the practice of sacrifice is most commonly associated with devotional practices for specific religions, religious ceremony is not the sole arena for sacrificial rituals. In fact, sacrifice can be used loosely to describe any number of profane activities. Parents make sacrifices for their children; students often sacrifice fun for academic success, and athletes sacrifice social freedom and body comfort for their sport. Yet these examples of profane sacrifice are only related to religious sacrifice distantly, the definition of sacrifice must be stretched quite a bit in order for these secular compromises to be equated with the ritual offerings and practic...   [tags: Religion Death Dying Essays]

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The Cycle of Sacrifice in the Roman Catholic Mass

- The Cycle of Sacrifice in the Roman Catholic Mass The Christian Church is centered on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is what set the early Christians apart from their Jewish roots. In the Christian Church the notion of sacrifice is based on Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice. This comes from a long tradition of sacrifice throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Jewish tradition there are sacrifices made at certain times of the year. For example, traditionally during Passover each family has a rabbi sacrifice a lamb....   [tags: Religion Christianity Judaism Essays]

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The Nature of Sacrifice in the History and Ideology of Gush Emunim

- The Nature of Sacrifice In The History And Ideology Of The Gush Emunim There can be no argument that by living in small settlements in the hostile and explosive West Bank and Gaza Strip, Gush Emunim settlers are making some sort of sacrifice. Surrounded no doubt by hostile Palestinians who feel that the Israelis are occupying their home, religious settlers face the potential for violence and death on a daily basis. In what is becoming a more perilous state of affairs in Israel with each suicide bombing, shooting spree, or IDF incursion into the Palestinian territories and refugee camps, perhaps no one on the Israeli side faces as constant a risk of danger than the Gush Emunim....   [tags: Israel Middle East Political Essays]

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