My First Semester Final Essay

2051 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
First Semester Final I chose my first semester final for my portfolio because I found the theme of dehumanization and how it could be applied to many things from completely different time periods. When I wrote, “Jim is dehumanizing himself by putting a price on what he is worth. This is all Jim has known in his life; he does not know what is it like to be free. Jim shouldn’t have to price himself in any way because he is a human being” I was thinking about this quote from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, “Yes- en I’s now, come to look at it. I owns mysef, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn’ want no mo” (58). During that time, I was thinking about slavery as a whole and the horrific treatment African Americans went through. They were not even considered people, they were regarded as animals. It is so heartbreaking to know they were treated in that way just because of the color of their skin. I am linking my piece of writing with the film Band of Brothers because they share the idea of dehumanization of a group of people. The film showed the conditions the Jewish people endured in the concentration camps. They were extremely malnourished and weak. Just like the slave owners treated the slaves, the Nazis gave Jews absolutely terrible conditions while also making them do manual labor. Their beds were close together causing diseases to spread throughout the concentration camp. The slaves and the Jewish people share the struggle of being…

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