In the novel The Running Man, the author Michael Bauer highlights the experiences of three characters whose voices are misrepresented in the text. Tom Leyton has many dark secrets that he has kept hidden from everyone. Mrs Mossop’s painful childhood has also had an impact on her negative thoughts on Tom Leyton. Joseph Davidson is an introvert whose personal struggles impact on his self esteem and friendships at school. Techniques such as silkworm metaphor and motif represent their lives and how they play out during the novel,
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor, the protagonist, is a farmer in his middle thirties. The author gives little to no detailed physical description of him, but from Proctor’s speech, we can still picture him as a strong and powerful man who is able to keep every situation under the control, the kind of personality which earns him deep respect and even fear from the people in town. On the other hand, Abigail Williams, the antagonist, plays an inferior role as an orphan who has no social status in a place like Salem. Over the course of the play, John Proctor is absolutely awakened and transformed by Abigail Williams. In the end, he overcomes the crucible by releasing himself from his guilt of
Alan Hopgood’s “And the Big Men Fly” is a written comedic play about a country farmer named Achilles Jones, who is recruited to play for the West Melbourne Football Club. His character’s development allows Achilles to be a key player for the football team, though he never has any passion for the VFL. In the novel, Achilles has represented Australian stereotypes of a typical country person almost exactly through never traveling far from his farm and by always appearing dumb and uneducated. In addition to the stereotypes, his character only tends to enjoy the simple aspects of life.
The book written by Christopher R. Browning titled Ordinary Men is an interesting, engaging, anomaly in the genre of non-fiction books pertaining to the topic of World War Two and the Holocaust. Browning’s analysis of what possessed ordinary German men, who’s ideas where non pertinent in relation to Nazism is one worthy of academic study and discourse. Browning is delving into the intricacies of what specifically pushed “ordinary” men in the Reserve Police Battalions 101 of Nazi Germany to perpetrate the action of moving thousands of Polish Jewry into box cars, and sequentially taking part in perhaps the worst enormity in human history. Browning’s argument is an ever unsettling one, an argument that reveals to the reader what “normal” people
The arguments that Christopher Browning emphasizes in Ordinary Men are based on his beliefs about the Holocaust. His argument touches base on the idea that regular citizens of Germany could commit such horrible acts without being coerced into doing so. He examines the side of the Reserve Police Battalion 101 and tries to figure out just why these gentlemen participated in the mass shootings and deportations of the Holocaust. In fact should these "gentlemen" even be called gentlemen enlight of the acts they committed upon other men?
If one were to take anything from Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men it is that even the most ordinary, normal men have the capacity to kill. The 101st Reserve Police Battalion executed at least 6,500 Jews at the Polish cities and villages of Jozefow, Lomazy, Serokomla, Lukow, Konskowola, Parczew, Radzyn, Kock, and Miedzyrzec and participated in the deportation of at least 42,000 Jews to the gas chambers in Treblinka (Browning, chapter 14, page 121). There were most likely even more killings that were never documented and much less remembered by the members of the 101st. These men had their first taste of death at Jozefow where they massacred 1,500 Polish Jews (Browning, chapter 8, page 74). It was a brutal and harrowing event where men,
In the book Ordinary Men, Christopher Browning tackles the question of why German citizens engaged in nefarious behavior that led to the deaths of millions of Jewish and other minorities throughout Europe. The question of what drove Germans to commit acts of genocide has been investigated by numerous historians, but unfortunately, no overarching answer for the crimes has yet been decided upon. However, certain theories are more popular than others. Daniel Goldhagen in his book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, has expounded that the nature of the German culture before the Second World War was deeply embedded in anti-Semitic fervor, which in turn, acted as the catalyst for the events that would unfold into the Holocaust. It is at this
Ordinary Men is the disconcerting examination of how a typical unit of middle-aged reserve policemen became active participants in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Polish Jews.
In the book Ordinary People by Judith Guest the person I relate with most is going to be Conrad Jarrett. Conrad is the son of Calvin and Beth. In the story Conrad was in a boating accident with his brother which caused his brother’s death and Conrad blamed himself for his death. Then Conrad a year later tried to commit suicide and it forced him to have to spend time in a hospital to get better. When Conrad gets out he still feels little purpose in life and no motivation. He starts to see Dr. Berger to help him recover from everything he has been through. My relation with his problems isn’t exactly the same but I can relate in a way. My stepdad had a car accident and the car accident caused his death. Me and my family were devastated when we found out. It can really change a lot when a family member dies.
Throughout the novel Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, relationships between characters are emphasized and evolved.. Two characters with a changing relationship are Beth and Calvin. Both parents to a now deceased child and a child with severe depression; they grieve in different ways that do not appear to work for the family they are trying to hold together. The differences shown in Beth and Calvin’s grieving process has led them to a downfall within their family.
The men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 were just ordinary men, from a variety of backgrounds, education, and age. It would appear that they were not selected by any force other than random chance. Their backgrounds and upbringing, however, did little to prepare these men for the horrors they were to witness and participate in.
Christopher R. Browning’s “Ordinary Men” chronicles the rise and fall of the Reserve Police Battalion 101. The battalion was one of several units that took part in the Final Solution to the Jewish Question while in Poland. The men of Reserve Police Battalion 101, and other units were comprised of ordinary men, from ordinary backgrounds living under the Third Reich. Browning’s premise for the book is very unique, instead of focusing on number of victims, it examines the mindset of how ordinary men, became cold-hearted killers under Nazi Germany during World War II. Christopher Browning’s “Ordinary Men” presents a very strong case that the men who made up the Reserve Police Battalion 101 were indeed ordinary men from ordinary background, and
Christopher Browning describes how the Reserve Police Battalion 101, like the rest of German society, was immersed in a flood of racist and anti-Semitic propaganda. Browning describes how the Order Police provided indoctrination both in basic training and as an ongoing practice within each unit. Many of the members were not prepared for the killing of Jews. The author examines the reasons some of the police members did not shoot. The physiological effect of isolation, rejection, and ostracism is examined in the context of being assigned to a foreign land with a hostile population. The contradictions imposed by the demands of conscience on the one hand and the norms of the battalion on the other are discussed. Ordinary Men
Although Andrew is against the status quo that suppresses African Americans, is pro-change, and seeks autonomy, he must resist these urges; it is physically impossible to escape from social constructs and to achieve freedom in a society that subjects the entirety of his race. Hawkins figures it is more efficient to use what he has already been given, in this case, his pale skin. He may not be able to attain freedom as a black male, but there’s still a chance (though many risks are at stake) if Hawkins has the ability to sway white people into believing that he is one of them. Hawkins for much of his life seeks change (where one’s racial background does not determine treatment), yet eventually runs away from change. Using his mixed blood to his advantage, Hawkins identifies himself under the alias, William Harris, a man who seemingly belongs to the white race. Once settled in his new and improved persona, Harris marries a white woman named Peggy and experiences what seems to be a cliche children’s storybook ending: “On April 23, 1861, Wife (Peggy) bore a girl - six pounds, six ounces… Fruity and I turned to the business of rebuilding, with out daughter Anna (all is conserved; all) the world. This is my tale” (Johnson 176). This “happily ever after” is indeed Hawkins’ achievement of freedom, as he, like many fictional works, starts a family and achieves a tranquil life. Hawkins never leaves a legacy, pleases his father, nor does he ever prove that his identity is not prescribed by his racial background. Hawkins instead, severs ties with his father and liberates himself from the inferior position within the social constructs of race, by blending in as a superior who in turn, carries a prescribed
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning is an insightful book that provides information as to how ordinary people may be susceptible to committing heinous, evil acts. Browning explains this through analyzing judicial interrogations, which occurred in the 1960’s, of about 125 men of the Reserve Police Battalion 101 (Browning, pg. xviii). The Reserve Police Battalion 101 was a unit of the German Order Police formed in Hamburg, Germany, under the control of the SS which was under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party (Browning, pg. xvi-xvii). They consisted of German police and sheriffs who were middle-aged men of working and lower middle class. The Reserve Police Battalion 101 was formed as the