Theme Of Opportunism In The Cage

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One word that would best describe the world and its contents is opportunism. Opportunism is the conscious policy and practice of taking advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others. Opportunism is everywhere; in the environment, in animals, and especially in humans. “The Cage” by Ruth Minsky Sender shows a great theme of opportunism and that people will do anything for their benefit. The author (Riva Minska) writes a memoir describing the misfortune her and her family went through during 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland. In the book there were many exemplifications of opportunism, such as opportunism for the assailant, for inviolability, and for your ménage. …show more content…
You are in the concentration camps set up by the Nazis. People are starved, abused, and tired. Persecuted for who they are. You are told to do whatever it takes to get the others under control and to obey what they are told. If you don’t, you are the one to suffer. This is one of the more disheartening yet passable forms of opportunism, you or them. Opportunism is viewed as many things and in this case it is a form of survival. on page 174 a girl named Helen was chosen to exercise her survival skills, “You are the camp elder. You pass my orders to those cows over there. You are in charge. Remember, Helen, it’s you or them,” A two way threat, either you get punished or they do. I believe that this is one of the most popular uses of opportunism, used almost every day. One example is religion. Ever since the very beginning, people have been disgraced because of their color or race. In the early 2000’s people would be asked of their religion. If they were christian, a pogrom would be set up for them. People aware of this would deny their religion for their safety, but dishonoring Christ in the meantime. Bible verse Matthew 10:33

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