Thursday, November 15, 2007

WITCHES!

Each of the Perilous Presentations thus far has drawn parallels between the events of The Crucible and latter day witch hunts: critics of the government, Communists, Japanese-Americans, gays in the military, etc. (You might be interested to learn, by the way, that the phrase "witch hunt" was first used with political connotations by George Orwell -- author of 1984 and Animal Farm -- in the 1930's).

Today's New York Times features a horrifying front page article on actual witch hunts going on in Africa right now. Think about who is targeted/accused and how they are dealt with.

9 comments:

Hannah D. said...

I actually was just going to blog about this, but I decided to check here first. Take a look at my blog to see what take I had on it, because I went to a college class today that took a lot of time out of the class to talk about this specific topic.

Eli said...

can this be compared to the rwanda massacre between tstuis and huitus. cockroaches=witches?

Sara D said...

I could hardly beleive this article as I was reading it. Not only was the parallel between the Crucible and what is happening in Angola so suprising, but the differences are even more suprising.
The more extreme brutality is amazing. The main difference form the Crucible is that Domingos was not even given a "fair" trial. He was just assumed a witch and not given much of a chance or a choice.
Another thing that really suprises me is how history is repeating itself. It is like when people say we have to learn from history so that it never happens again. It seems crazy, to us Americans, that this could even be possibly happening. Could this be because it is our country that was exposed to it in our national history?

Jace said...

Ugh! Poor kid! When I read this article I was border-line disgusted at the fact that people can be so close minded, and brainwashed by religion and corrupt leaders. I feel so bad for this boy, and that sorry made me think about other people that went through what this kid did. Is this present in the U.S.? If so, where and to what extent? Can this article be similar to racism and hatred for blacks? Like the Klu KLux Klan?

Sam B. said...

I can't understand how people can actually believe in witchcraft. Just because your three year old daughter got sick does not mean in any way that you are a witch. No matter what the kids say, they are always accused. They have no rights to a speedy trial, therefore they are limited in what they can say and do. These kids have to admit to being witches in order to save their lives, and then when they are "cured," they still are not taken back by their family. I don't understand how humans can be treated like such dirt yet no one does anything responsible about it.

sarah said...

I wish there was something I could do! I honestly can't believe that someone would believe something as horrible as this and covince others to continue these lies. This whole issue is acting like a horrible rumor. One person hears a story and tells it to another person and twists the information until it's developed into a nightmare. I just can't imagine how someone could treat a loved one that way, the accused victims must feel absolutely horrible.

Elizabeth L said...

I think we need to get in Africa and stop all this crazyiness going on...my goodness now they are using the excuse of witches!!!! This is so pathetic-we're in the 20th Century!

Lars said...

It shows that some things never change. We read the Crucible and asked ourselves how anyone could accuse another of being a witch. I've studied the Holocaust before and assured myself nothing like that could ever happen again, but of course there is genocide in Africa and now there are even kids being accused of witch craft. We gotta start to learn from our history.

Harlesbarkly said...

Wow it is like you constantly say in class "if we don't learn from our past then we have learned nothing". Look at all the events in history like the Romans persecuting Christians, then the Christians persecuting all other religions in the holy crusade, the Germans in killing the Jewish people. All of these events were in the name of "The Greater Good". Is "The Greater Good" worth killing millions for.