Essay (Incident at Vichy)
Mistreatment, racism, discrimination, these are some of the actions brought on by misperception of a certain group of people. Due to being blinded by lies, propaganda and false accusation, people easily succumb the manipulation of the upper class. The play “Incident at Vichy”, by Arthur Millar, illuminates the subject of racism, discrimination, dehumanization, knowledge, hatred, deception and sacrifice through the use of Marxism theory by presenting how the upper class has power to influence and control the lower class. In the play “Incident at Vichy” by Arthur Miller, a certain ethnic group of people are heavily discriminated against. This is because the government was able to manipulate society to misperceive these groups of people, eventually leading to their downfall. In the play “Incident at Vichy” Arthur Miller shows, how a man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the betterment of other community. Today we have knowledge about the world but during the time of World War 2, common people had least knowledge, so to pass on the knowledge and to make people realize about the sufferings of some ethnic groups, some people had to step up and sacrifice. This is a unique play, where a Christian prince who is also considered as lower class, sacrifices his own freedom for the freedom of a Jew. He does this to make people realize about the Nazi’s ruthless behavior against some ethnic groups.
Arthur Miller uses illustrative structure to emphasize racism, discrimination, knowledge, hatred, deception and sacrifice, main subjects in “Incident at Vichy”. Through the use of visual structure Bayard tells that Gypsies are also considered inferiors. The Author uses visual structure to emphasize the importance of the quote. Bayard says, “They’re in the same category of the Racial Laws. Inferior.”(pg17). These words stand out from the regular type on the page, and highlights to the reader where the narrator is...
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