Racism in Caught in the Crossfire

Good Essays
Although the storyline was quite easy to understand, some themes behind the plot were difficult to understand. Gibbons announces his novel’s purpose from the very first page: "Hatred can be ordinary and evil can be commonplace”. In other words, racism is the main theme of the novel. He wants to demonstrate how the evil of racist violence strolls into Oakfield. Understanding why racism reigned in a town from a first-world country was difficult to comprehend. For this reason, we looked into some reasons that were explained in the novel.

In the novel, many causes are responsible for a racist atmosphere. They range from world events, such as the September 11 attacks, to economic and social changes, like the closure of the mill (where people from different local communities worked side by side), and individual actions, including the harassment of Rabia.

These are not the only reasons that push one to be racist. Some of the causes for being so are not elaborated in the novel. Racism in itself was difficult to understand. Most of us claim to understand racism quite well, but how well can one understand a phenomenon without living it? Living in a multiethnic society, we are generally tolerant people. One’s motives for being racist can be unfamiliar to us. For this reason, it was difficult to comprehend why certain characters such as John Creed and Colin Stone would adhere to nazi beliefs.

Explicitly, when Colin Stone looks at himself in the mirror wearing a Nazi SS uniform, it was quite difficult for us to understand why he would do so. It came as a shock to the reader because we were previously unaware that he was racist to that extent. His motivations for being a white supremacist were obscure to us. What pushed Stone to dream of Nazism?

John Creed would fall in that same category. Creed is a manipulative fascist leader. He disowned his sister because she married a man a different race from hers. His plan is to build a wall between the Triangle and

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    CROSSFIRE

    • 506 Words
    • 3 Pages

    A DOCTOR Different people have different career choices, some wants to become an engineer and others wish to become a pilot and some hopes to be ambassador, but my career goal, which I have slowly been working towards throughout my life, is to become a doctor. I personally have many reasons why I want to become a doctor. Yes my first answer is I wanted to help people, have a job I can be proud of, make a decent living (very decent), and help people, and yes it is true that you can help people…

    • 506 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Caught in the Storm

    • 316 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Caught in the storm is story detailing the clash between traditional African culture and the imposed European culture in Mali. During the eighteenth century Europeans started to impose their traditions and styles of life in West Africa. This sometimes caused problems within the community of the people. People started to behave european like, studied languages of their colonial rulers. This story highlights the struggles of the people that was cuased by the intervantion of the Europeans with…

    • 316 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    Caught In the Act

    • 1281 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Caught In the Act Cheating statistics are ever increasing in the United States. Honesty, trust and lasting relationships seem far- fetched and even rare in our society. Imagination and sensualized stories in the media play a dangerous role in our psyche. It turns reality into a scene scripted directly from The Young and the Restless. Illicit thoughts provoked by unsolicited opinions or negative experiences of peers tend to infiltrate unsuspecting minds. These thoughts multiply and produce dangerous…

    • 1281 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Caught in the Net

    • 729 Words
    • 3 Pages

    The essay “Caught in the net” written by Eva Tihanyi is an essay describing internet users. The thesis in Eva’s essay is “For some, the Net is a reliable companion, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week—one that never sleeps. For others, it simply provides easy access to a vast array of data”. There are certain people that use the internet as a education tool and a way to stay connect to the world; but there is also people who abuse it and take advantage of the internet which in turn takes…

    • 729 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Caught by Society

    • 341 Words
    • 2 Pages

    “Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it,” Ann Landers. This quote relates to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Awakening by Kate Chopin because both Edna Pontellier and Daisy Buchannan are stuck where they are in life by society and money. The two women, Edna and Daisy, each married a man and had children. Then for Edna, a seemingly harmless friend…

    • 341 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    are caught, not taught.” At first, this sounded counterintuitive and completely wrong. Seriously, I thought, values are so important and significant in the life of any family, any organization, and to any group, how could they be left to be casually, haphazardly caught? Shouldn’t a person or group be intentional about how it teaches deeply-held values? It seemed careless to leave the communicating of values to something as nonchalant, and perhaps accidental, as allowing them to be caught.…

    • 749 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    “Caught in the Web” This story “Caught in the Web” by January W. Payne is about the problem of internet usage. She says people are getting addicted to the internet to the point where it is affecting their lives. The author said that being on the internet for so long can ruin relationships with a partner, or even with their own family. She also mentions the growth in college students with excessive internet usage, at least 14% of students said that they “found it hard to stay away from the internet…

    • 303 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Caught Up In Smoke

    • 332 Words
    • 1 Page

    Brett Hammond English 150 Mr. Waugh Dec. 10th, 2014 Caught Up In Smoke The worst decision I’ve ever made was smoking weed in my house and getting caught by my parents. When my parents caught me I got in serious trouble. I had to deal with a lot of consequences because of it. Maybe next time I’ll think twice before I smoke weed in my house. When my parents caught me smoking weed in my house I had to deal with various consequences. They first grounded me for a whole month. They made me do all…

    • 332 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Caught in the Widow's Web

    • 560 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Adriana Imposimato Block A AP Lang Analysis of Grice’s essay September 14, 2012 The essay “Caught in the Widow’s Web” by Gordon Grice describes his experiences with spiders as well as some facts about spiders. With strong uses of adjectives and nouns he creates graphic images in our minds about the reality of Black Widow spiders. In “Caught in the Widow’s Web” Grice discusses the web of the spider by using adjectives such as: “ugliest, stiff, and smells”. He portrays the image…

    • 560 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Caught Red-Handed

    • 384 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Caught red-handed I couldn’t remember where I was. As I came back to sense I found myself lying in an old attic. Everywhere was darkness and silence. The attic had only three holes in the top which provided me with a ray of light. My head was bursting with pain as if someone had banged on my head with a thick wooden stick. I closed my eyes and tried to remember what went wrong and how I came here. I remember, it was twelve o’clock at night when I decided to start my work and that time my target…

    • 384 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays