The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare And Post War Maus

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Bitter Times, Better People
Marginalization, a scourge that has terrorized every society in history, can distort logic, action, and reason. Even if one is not inherently marginalized, trauma, whether physical or mental, may occur from unfortunate experiences. Case in point, we as a society become more aware of those living with PTSD every day, such as soldiers and victims of sexual assault, and how challenging it is for these people to continue living a normal life. We see veterans flock to the Artillery Club, and victims of assault go to group counselling, trying to find people that share their experiences and understand how they feel. When being seen or seeing oneself as the dirt that Bauman states in The Dream of Purity exists solely for purification, there will be inevitable damage to the psyche. Two prime examples of this are Shylock of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and post-war Vladek of MAUS I and II, whose actions due to marginalization are comparable and perhaps make them more enlightened and aware than most people.
One major similarity between the two is that they are fiercely protective of and affectionate towards their children, even if it’s presented in odd ways. Vladek throws away his son’s old coat without asking and gives him his own old one, genuinely believing that he is doing something nice for Art. He even feels that wire hangers are below the use of his son, scolding his wife Mala for using one when she is hanging up Art’s coat. In…

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