Comparison Essay- Holocaust and Anti-Semitism As a field of study, history is open to different interpretations of the same events. Historians will no doubt see and understand the same event, or similar events differently. The Holocaust is one such event; Omer Bartov and James Glass each wrote different articles trying to explain the motives behind the anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe during World War Two (WWII) and the Holocaust which occurred as a direct result of that anti-Semitism. Each historian takes a different approach in explaining the same complex issue. Bartov's article, Enemies, Making Victims: Germans, Jews, and the Holocaust, focuses on long-term causes and effects of the anti-Semitism, using mostly secondary sources.
We do not have a homogeneous identity but that instead we have several contradictory selves.’ (p. xv) I will argue that these multiple identities are demonstrated in both White Noise ( ) by DeLillo as DeLillo’s characters have to change and adapt their identities in the face of danger during the Holocaust, and The Complete Maus ( ) by Spiegelman when Jack has to change his name to be taken seriously in his academic career and also because media and technology are shown to have an effect on characters thoughts and insecurities. This essay will also consider how ‘signifiers of culture’ are used to establish characters identity through stereotypes and representation, and I will demonstrate how the texts are a means for both Spiegelman and DeLillo to develop and construct their own insecurities of identity. Both authors use ‘signifiers of culture’ to explore identity. For example in White Noise, as the head of his department, Jack wears a gown, so when Eric Massingale see’s him off campus he says “I’ve never seen you off campus, Jack. You look different without your glasses and gown .
While there are undoubtedly subversive, or corrupt elements in the novel, arguments for censoring it generally misrepresent its more nobler intentions and greatly exaggerate its subversive designs. Putting aside the overinflated claims of the novel's most extreme critics and supporters, the diversity and intensity of readers' reactions to The Catcher in the Rye suggest that the issues it raises are significant ones. Consequently, it seems likely that readers will continue to have heated discussions about this "minor" classic for a long time to come. One of the issues that has been debated ever since the novel's initial publication is whether or not it qualifies as a significant work of literature. Does it offer significant insights into the complexities of human existence and the development of American culture, or does it simply appeal to vulgar adolescent minds with its obscene language, complaining about everything without developing any positive insights of its own?
We see in addition to this that meaning is not only lost but changed, such as how we view the characters and the impact of their actions due to the variations in the Prologue. Through the loss of informative signs, and overstressed allegories between characters – rather than circumstances – the focal point of the play is also transformed. This results in the film focusing more on Hitler himself, rather than his rise and thus changes the meaning of the play. Technology does however enable Gold to emphasis certain Brechtian tactics in ways the theatre could never have done, adding to and appropriately emphasising this meaning. Brecht consistently uses comedy throughout his play to make a darker point.
Lord of the Flies as an Allegory to the Fall of Man Many times, we see that authors have used allegories in literature, not only because they supply good backbone and structure to create a story upon, but because they help to relay history to a younger generation in a way that is interesting and stimulating. This also serves as a reality check to an older audience that has strayed from the morals and values enshrined in the original story. More than any other, we see that these allegories are slightly abstract retellings of passages taken from the Bible. To be an allegory, however, a novel cannot simply draw a moral from the Bible, or any other work, and embellish upon it, but instead it must match in every symbolic way to the piece which it represents. This is the case in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies in relation to the Fall of Man depicted in Genesis 3:1-24 of the Bible.
The first person point of view can also be defective as it could limit the reader’s way of interpreting the story; the reader is restricted to the narrator’s perspective. “How to Tell a True War Story” illustrates the effects and defects of the first person narrative. “How to tell a true war story” studies the relationship between war experience and storytelling and how difficult it is to tell a true war story. This is done by telling the story in first person; half from Tim O’Brien as a soldier which may be a fictional first person narrative and half from his role as a storyteller. The first person narrative of Tim O’Brien shows how a storyteller has the power to shape his or hers listeners opinions.
John Boyne’s “The boy in the striped pajamas is a fictional tale illustrating the situations and conflicts during world war || from a perspective of a child, Bruno. Since the story is set in Germany during World War ||, the author assumes that the reader is aware of Holocaust and Nazi, thus excluding any explanation about it. Even though the historical and biographical information is crucial for a deeper understanding of the text, there are still multiple aspects that can be viewed and analyzed through the lens of a formalism, since It is packed with numerous, yet meaningful literary terms such as point of view, conflicts and symbolism. The point of view of the story is a third person limited perspective. It only describes and states what Bruno thinks and experiences and nothing else except the last chapter after his death.
After all of that I still don't know if I have a full understanding, but I have my own view on the quote, as does everyone else, which is different from mine, and one another, that to me is, Philosophy. Although the novel was hard for me to understand, the symbolism that Bradbury used is what stuck out to me and made me think about the philosophy within the book, within my mind, and within Bradbury's mind. Bradbury’s use of symbolism throughout the book is moving and powerful and reinforces his ideas . Books are burned physically and “ideas are burned from the mind.” Bradbury warns us about what happens when we stop expressing our ideas, and we permit people to take away our books. Ideas
This will eliminate any unnecessary information from cluttering the paper. Though, a rough draft isn’t meant to be seen by the target audience—yet. Step four is revising the rough draft. Revising allows the author to take a second look at their ideas. It isn’t uncommon for the author to rearrange information, alter or remove information to make their point clear; this helps their paper to be more fluid and easy to understand.
This article also claims that technology is a huge distraction in our lives in the sense that instead of traditional reading we now tend to skim read and even skip right to another article without ever returning to the original one. Traditional media has to live up to the expectation their audiences have of everything being a "shortcut". We are becoming too use to being able to access information faster and more conveniently. According to this article, technology is becoming more important than the mind of the human being. Google is used as an example of how we have begun a new form or way of reading and thinking as we hyperlink or way through the web instead of going to a library to read periodicals.