Stereotypes Of Jewish Culture Essay

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Jews, even in the 21st century media, are followed by a multitude of derogatory stereotypes and presumptions about their culture. With palpable gluttony, ugliness, weakness, and other distinctive communal traits, the Jew is a distinguishable staple of any anti-Semitic display. But where did these constructs come from? Contemporary anti-Semitism established because of persecution and relocation, strategic delineation, and political-occupational reputes of the Jewish publics in the Renaissance time period. These notions formed still are germane to today’s depiction of a Jew. They come from definite elements of the Renaissance time period.
First, persecution of the Jewish people created the ideal that Jews were vermin that could be controlled
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By means of the printing press and commissioned illustration, which in the period was varying graffiti and image based booklet propaganda, affluent individuals used imagery to put an improbable ideal in the commoner’s head of what a Jew embodied. In this way, Jews were politically and socially attacked by Christian officials or elite who could not openly show disdain towards Semites, but rather privately through this media form. Ultimately, hate was shown in production of artwork which portrayed the people as these aristocrats designated. These works were to allegedly punish Jews for their crimes against Christianity and force blame for fiscal and public failures on the lesser race. Jews were depicted as often conspiring with the anti-Christ, satanic, hooved and horned, and or malformed in ways such as verrucae, emaciated bodies with disproportioned features, or with tails. Conversely, Jews, though holding power in the print media, did not do any sort of defamatory visual retort, as they did not want to worsen the issue. This is similar to how Hitler used social perception and media to begin the Holocaust; by making the Jews a scape goat for government and economic issues. Identically, the images crafted in Renaissance slander were again used in the 1930’s and 1940’s as means of Nazi propaganda. The use of malevolent portrayal caused an upsurge of the lower class commoners to take action against the Jews. In effect, the masses believed the images to be accurate in terms of the Jews’ blasphemous nature. This caused an increase in violence towards Jews, allowing elites to punish the race without direct involvement. Ultimately, propaganda has the ability to generate massive rifts in human acuity by presenting the viewer what to subconsciously think. Overall, it is an indirect way to train the hominid mind to feel a firm way about

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