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The world has a strange history; the need for tribes was recognized when a man came to realize the benefits he would derive from sticking together in forms of large groups which later became nations, countries, cities. Likewise, the need for an organization working in the favors of minorities and trying its best to contain peace throughout the world has been recognized after mass killings and brutal wars.
Some say that World War I caused an end to The Great Depression of the 1920s while some believe that the reason riots started breaking out, which later lead to the war, was the depression itself. The effects of the war left marks on people’s souls, killing them, destroying them morally and changing their views about life forever. When Hitler rose to power in the 1930-1932 elections, little did the world know what horizons of cruelty was the man capable of displaying?
In 1933, when the Nazis rose to influence, their primary targets were the disabled ones with genetic disorders. Hitler considered them harmful for the German society and thus ordered all of them to be killed while the veil of sterilization camps kept the inhumane action hidden by the local people.
Meanwhile, socialists, priests and many people with liberal stance were arrested and punished for their ideas and were forced to work to death under severe conditions in Dachau camp.
The group of people oppressed largely by the Nazis was the Jews in the country. Along with other minorities like Gypsies, Slavs, Russians or anti-Nazi Germans were sent to torture camps in Poland, Siberia, where they were forced to work for the German war industry.
Huge number of prisoners were transported in trucks to the camps and many lost their lives on the journey, subjected to hunger, thirst, cold or physical harassment. The people in the camps were brutally punished for minor errors, experimented upon and tortured to death in front of their families. The children and women were treated no differently; the women were gang-raped in front of crowds, and children used as grounds to carry out medical experiments. Many lost their lives or senses under the cruel actions carried out upon them.
The main objective of the torture carried out by the Nazis was to break the person’s spirit and bring him into an animal-like state. The defense mechanism to be used to protect one’s self was to not think at all; to not think about the past, the family, the torture and do not think about the next day either. The people who were seen discussing their pasts were killed. Thus, the survival of the prisoners depended on the strength of the human spirit-and luck. If a person was lucky enough to escape selection for gassing or being picked out by a guard, or if he did not freeze to death, starve to death and kept his head low and his thoughts to himself, there was greater chance of him surviving the holocaust.
Thus, to conclude, the defense mechanism to be used was to shut out all memories that may make a person weak. A person’s survival depended upon how strong his spirit was, and how long could the spirit, not the body, bare the torture. The human body has some natural defense mechanisms, for example, in some cases, when a person is badly injured, the brain veils the pain under another emotion, for example, anger, excitement, guilt or shock. Thus, the defense mechanism by both, the body and the brain were needed to survive the inhumane tortures carried out under the Nazi’s reign.
H. Lynn, R.M. Thomas, H.R. Barbara, G.S. Bonnie. The Making of the West
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Men who lived in the Middle Ages completely dominated their female counterparts in their families due to the instilled mindset male were superior beings in society. In those times, women had no choice but to obey their blood brothers, their fathers, and any other male relative in their family trees. Council of elders severely punished any female who defied those rules and regulations since they viewed disobedience, unfaithfulness, and lack of respect as ungodly. Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘the wife of Bath’s Tale’ gives an impression into the role of the middle-aged women and that was probably good attention to Chaucer himself.
The wife’s bath tale has drawn different views from various critics across the world for a long time. The wife of bath prologue catches the reader’s attention immediately as she explains her thoughts on affection and general life. She possessed blunt integrity at the start of her preface and the reader clearly understands that the wife felt no humiliation and she did not regret about her multiple marriages. She makes it clear when she declares,” Of whiche I have piked out the beste” (Shaw, 2009 Para.1).
In her first uncouth feeling, the wife reflects on her life and says “But Lord Crist, whan that it remembreth me / upon my youthe and on my jolitee, / It tikleth me aboute myn herte roote – / unto this day it dooth myn herte boote”. The wife displays fully happiness over her past life and looks to be truly contempt with all things that took place during that period. She had a very great sexual desire which showed her flamboyant life and she shared her secret about her sexual drive with her associate pilgrims. Although her husbands usually expressed their grievances because she acted as if she was the head of the family, the wife did not bother much about her marriages. The husbands claimed that she had way a lot of demands, was very dominant sexually and she cared less about that (Harold, 2009 p.67).
She actually enjoyed so much due to the fact that she had gained ultimate control of four of her five marriages. This was because she was able to satisfy her immoral sexual desires; instead, she should be feeling embarrassed due to the fact that that act is irreligious and it was a taboo in ancient societies. She affirms her joy and states that “God bade us for to wexe and multiply.”It shows that she does not regret her shameless actions and she actually believes that by doing so she is following God’s commands (Shaw, 2009 Para.2). Moreover, she felt that her sexual feelings came from God because she was married to many husbands and was allowed to fulfill her desire to the fullest.
The other character expressed is that ford of gossiping so much about herself, and her experiences in life. She loved telling that weird tale of her engagement with many husbands, her everlasting sexual feeling and her ultimate power in her marriage. Her heinous act made other pilgrims feel offended and blame themselves since they thought that the wife did not have the required security. In her elderly age, she was just satisfied with everything, she enjoyed everything she liked and she had nothing to lament. She stated that “But age, allas, that al wol envenime, / Lat go, farewell, the devel go therewith! / the bren as I best can now moste I selle; / But yit to be right merye wol I fonde.”It implied that although she had lost her youth, the wife lived her old age with happen as a beautiful maiden (Harold, 2008 p.13).
In conclusion, the role of all women in any established society is similar anywhere in the whole universe irrespective of race or ethnicity. According to the religions and the traditional cultures of most societies, women were supposed to honor and respect all their male members in their families and this was the same even during the middle ages. When a woman turned to be disrespectful she created a very negative impression in the society and at some instance, she could be punished for her sinful characters. In his tale of a woman of Bath, Geoffrey has cited an example of a woman who lived in the middle ages with such unacceptable characters in society. In the tale, the woman was believed to be very immoral, unfaithful disrespectful to her husbands and she could not keep any secrets.
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Cleopatra depicts an act of ignobly to the messenger. Cleopatra threatens to kill the messenger if he does not bring good news. The messenger is powerless and defenseless, this makes Cleopatra act ignobly. Cleopatra orders her servants to amuse her in her boring status.
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In the play, Richard the second, York a humble and loyal servant of Richard changes his mind. York joins Bolingbroke, Richard’s rival and conspires against him. Cleopatra also changes his mind when he spares the messenger’s life and tells him to reveal more about Antony’s marriage. Romeo and Juliet, Capulet changes his mind when he demands Juliet to marry Paris.
Shakespeare uses Mercutio and Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet as an imaginative character. Mercutio brings unity between Juliet and Romeo. He encourages Romeo to attend the party where he meets Juliet. Apothecary sells poison to Romeo that later kills him to end the feud. Shakespeare used puns in his plays. It is the unkind character in humankind. Cleopatra, Octavius, Tybalt fit the picture Machiavellian villain. They all struggle to achieve what they want. Cleopatra is willing to betray her lover, and she also defects from her country.
Bloom, Harold. William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. New York: Blooms Literary Criticism, 2010. Print.
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