Analysis Of The Essay 'Our Secret' By Susan Griffin

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Bobby Johnson Professor Lee English 100 6 October 2014 The Undesirable Connections of the World How can a modern American compare one’s life to another in many ways, especially a German Nazi? In today’s society the Holocaust is known to be one of the worst tragedies in world history, but what happened to those millions of people can still be seen in today’s society. In Susan Griffin’s essay “Our Secret,” she states that every human being that has ever existed on Earth is somehow connected to one another even if they deny it because of how all humans share similar genetic traits and how everyone is influenced by someone or something that has changed world history. The main focus of Griffin’s essay is centered on a German Nazi, Heinrich…show more content…
From boyhood, Himmler was always pushed by his father that wanted him to be the perfect German. Like a V-1 rocket, “powered by a duct motor with a pulsating flow of fuel,” Himmler is powered by his father to be flawless even though everyone is imperfect (235). It is the universal truth that no human is perfect, but the Germans considered themselves the Aryan race, which was supposed to be superior than any race alive. Himmler’s father rejected the idea that Himmler is not perfect, especially physically with “his body still retains the mark of that illness” (243). Humans are not the only imperfect things in the world, but even technology can have flaws. Germans built this mass weapon that can eliminate hundreds to thousands of people if landed correctly within its target, but only “eight out of ten of the guided missiles will land within eight miles of their target (236). Even the machines the Germans built were far from perfect, but they rejected the idea of making a mistake and not being perfect after all. The rocket’s main purpose is to be directed into the sky, then aim…show more content…
In today’s society, men are called homosexual slurs that are extremely offensive if they seem to feminine, even if they aren’t homosexual. Himmler had strong support behind him to join the army, but his father couldn’t ever help him with the fact that he was just more feminine than other soldiers. Himmler’s feminine side lowered his masculinity in the army, but it also led to sexual repression within himself once he had power. This sexual repression didn’t only exist in his own life, but the whole country of Germany because of how they would execute any suspected homosexual, even if they were just more feminine than other males and not gay. This side is shown when he complains to his mom about how the “food is bad” and how he cares if there’s any “bedbugs” (245). These traits of caring too much about his own health and hygienes shows that he's more concerned abut that rather than the real war in front of his own eyes. When he notices this, he changes his attitude and tries to act more manly by signing his letter with “Soldier Heinrich” instead of a more sincere closing to his mother. Homosexuals are mistreated in the world, even still today because of how some countries or even states in America banning gay marriage. Griffin connects the Germany’s hate toward homosexuals to a murder

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