Absolute Power In Douglass And Swing Kids

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Poisonous Power It was Lord Acton, the British historian, who said: “All power tends to corrupt: absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This concept becomes especially true in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery around 1817, and then later became a renowned journalist of his own newspaper, writes about his observations of the human personality as it transforms as a result of “the fatal poison of irresponsible power” (Douglass 160). The same effect can be found in the film Swing Kids, which tells a story based on true events during the NAZI holocaust in 1939. What these two works have in common is that they are perfect examples of what happens when a human being is granted power over another without any moral responsibility to the other. The result is degradation of the spirit and a loss of humanity. In his narrative, Douglass details a process in the life and character of a woman, Mrs. Auld, the woman he served as a house slave for. She was initially described as…show more content…
The HJ movement emphasized activism, physical training, and NAZI ideology. They also subjected these young men to intensive programs of NAZI propaganda and racial concepts. So in other words, they were being “brainwashed”. In the beginning, they had promised each other that nothing would ever separate their friendship. However, after repeatedly being subjected to the propaganda, and being promised a bright future with positions of power and rank, their friendship begins to deteriorate, and so does Thomas’s mind. Thomas even reports his own father to the Gestapo, and watches as he is taken away. Thomas’s behavior, in the end, becomes almost that of a cold-hearted, anti-Semitic
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