Junior Prompt

Elizabeth Grace Patterson

When the Emperor was Divine, The Crucible and the article all have common characteristics. They each share a common reaction of people who are on the outside watching people around them be persecuted. These bystanders look in and watch their neighbors, friends and family disapear not to return for several months, days, or years.

In the book When the Emperor was Divine, we see the Japanese family taken away. They’re sent to a camp for many months and years. They eventually return to their old house. Meanwhile, they are closely watched and looked at through the windows of their neighbors. They meerly stand inside their houses as the family walks down the street for the last time for years. Upon returning, friends and neighbors of the family ignore them. They look away from them and do not speek with the family. After being persecuted and accused of specific crimes, the family is no longer liked by most people they once knew.

Similarly, in The Crucible, the village is quick to point fingers and scream names when the word “witch” is brought to the surface. The once beloved group of girls is suddenly on trial to be hanged and even themselves are accusing each other. For example, Abbigal confesses saying, “Tituba made me do it!” Suddenly the girls lose a sense of safety and comfort from old friends and even family members. People in this time are quick to persecute and jump to conclusions as long as his/her name is clear.

Likewise, in the article we see the story of Hitler ruling Nazi Germany and the persecution of Jews. Soon the Nuremburg Laws are put into rule and Christian children are no longer allowed to play with the Jewish kids. The people around them abanden the Jews in hope of saving their own life. The Jews are quickly judged and persecuted and sent to concentration camps. Meanwhile, all of their neighbors and such are just on the other side of the wall of the camp, not stopping any of the bizzare activity. Someone even stated “If a loud speaker goes off and the voice says, ‘All Jews gather in Times Square”, it would never surprise me.” In all three situations, the bystanders are quick to abanden their friends and neighbors to keep his/her name off the sheets.

I think that the best way for an outisider to help those around them being persecuted is to do what they can to help the people. The bystanders can protest, sign a petition, try to get government to pass laws. They can have sit-ins, fundraisers or simply get the word out so that everyone can see the chaos around them. Bystanders should do what they can to get the attention on those persecuting people who inocent. We must stand together and remember that even though we may not be of the same religion or skin tone, we are all in this one world together and we have to remember that we’re all merely humans in a humanistic world. We’re under one God in which we are all brothers and sisters and we must treat each other as so.



One thought on “Junior Prompt

  1. Hi Elizabeth. Congrats on completing your first blog entry! I liked how you identified that the “bystanders” in all three of the texts were either apathetic, self-interested, or both. The willingness of people to ignore the suffering of their neighbors (as was the case in “When the Emperor Was Divine”) or add to their suffering (as was the case in “The Crucible”) seems to point to a serious breakdown in community. Community has to be cohesive, inclusive, and welcoming for it to be community. Great job!

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