Essay on Antisemitism

Schindler’s List

The Holocaust was the Nazi attempt to annihilate the Jews of Nazi occupied Europe between 1939 and 1945. Six million Jews were savagely murdered as a result. Most were sent to concentration and death camps where they were forced into harsh labour, and if they were not capable of undertaking this, they were shot or […]

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Responding to Night – Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel’s book tells the story of a Jewish family’s struggle in the through the time of concentration camps in Nazi Germany prior to World War II. Elie grew up in Sighet, Transylvania a prominently Jewish community that was eventually attacked by the purification movement and fell under the rule of the Nazi’s. After enough […]

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Kristallnacht Analysis

Source F is a cartoon from a Russian newspaper on the 10th of November which is the day after the destructions, and source G is a cartoon about Kristallnacht published in a British magazine on the 30th of November. Because source F is published in a Russian newspaper the day after the event, they have […]

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Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim

I am going to discuss the treatment the Jews received by the Christians during Elizabethan times, I will also compare this to the treatment that Shylock received by the Christians in the play to see if there are any similarities between something that is fact and fiction. I am also going to discuss and view […]

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Modern audiences probably find it difficult to accept Shylock

‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play written by William Shakespeare in around 1596. Due to the prejudices of its target Elizabethan audience, it was intended to be a comedy and by using comic devices such as: disguises, comic characters, a happy ending and tricks, as well as using the discriminatory stereotypical Jewish character in […]

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How does Shakespeare present racial and religious tension

The Merchant of Venice is set in a time of racial and religious strife. Venice was an important Mediterranean centre for goods from the Far East. It would have been a very exotic location for an Elizabethan audience; Shakespeare chose to set the play in Venice, because people in Elizabethan England would not have visited […]

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Did Shakespeare intend Shylock to be portrayed as a victim, or as a villain

The Merchant of Venice was written by Shakespeare in or around 1597, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. At this time, Jews were in exile from England and there was a strong feeling of anti-Semitism. Therefore, in answering the set question, what I really need to answer is, “was Shakespeare essentially an anti-Semite himself; […]

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How Is Xenophobia Expressed in This Play

In the Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare, a Christian named Antonio asks to borrow money from the Jewish money-lender shylock. Bassanio is the Christian that asks Antonio to borrow the money from shylock so he could marry the fair, rich, maiden Portia. Jews were treated with racial discrimination by the Christians, simply because […]

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`After the Darkness` by Elie Wiesel

Larson: Your earlier books, on which I interviewed you, had one word titles. In the title of this new book, you seem to think something between the three words of the title-“After the Darkness.” None can deny that light follows darkness.

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