Over Generalization And Highly Sameness Of Anti Semitism
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Over Generalization and Highly Sameness in Anti-Semitism
The literary criticism Mimicry written by Joseph Goebbels and the film Jud Süss directed by Veit Harlan share a same striking characteristic of the imagery in the anti-Semitic ideology—its stereotypy. Both the criticism and the film attempt to convince the audience that the Jews are guilty and the court will pronounce judgment on them through the anti-Semitic ideology with its stereotypy, which takes two forms. First, there is a tendency to over-generalize a single trait of the Jews in both Mimicry and Jud Süss. Second, the criticism and the film reveal a stereotyped negative image of the group as a whole, as if "to know one is to know all," since they are all alike.
Mimicry and Jud Süss instill the initial guilt and cunning of Jews in audience. Goebbels subscribes to statements beginning "The Jews are …" or "The Jews do …"with the manipulative techniques—the imperative sentences to show that the Jews are devilish and they will receive a penalty. "The Jews are masters at fitting in to their surroundings." "The Jews are guilty!" "They (The Jews) are the best pillar of the coming defeat." "Jew is the master of the lie." "They spout nonsense, and suddenly betray themselves." "They carry the seed of destruction." (Goebbels 1,3) Through these imperative sentences in Mimicry, the readers accept the "facts" Goebbels states that the Jews are sinful and the Jews are a parasitic race that feeds like a foul fungus on the