Muslims, the true victims of 9/11
Muslims are discriminated against in the US after 9/11
American Literature Period 3
8 December 2014
Background of September 11th
The attack of September 11, 2001, which occurred in New York City at 8:45 a.m., is one the United States will never forget (9/11 ATTACKS). Terrorists flew two planes into the two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the skyscrapers to catch fire and collapse. A third plane destroyed the Pentagon, a US military headquarter in Arlington, Virginia. The last plane had crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (Smith). “Passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.” (Smith).
One might ask, who was responsible for these attacks on American soil? The nineteen terrorist who hijacked the four planes on 9/11 belonged to the terrorist group called Al Qaeda. This terrorist group was lead by Osama bin Laden. The practices, or attacks, they did to the United States were practices of an extreme version of the religion of Islam. (Smith)
“Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.” (9/11 ATTACKS). The reason for this deadly attack was because Al Qaeda was angry about “America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East.” (9/11 ATTACKS).
The oppressors in this attack were the terrorist from Al Qaeda (as they were accused of the attack), and the oppressed were the Americans (they also accused Al Qaeda of attacking) (9/11 ATTACKS). But, after 9/11, discrimination against Muslims (the religion of Al Qaeda) increased, making Muslims the oppressed/accused and Americans the oppressors/accusers (Friedersdorf).
Themes of The Crucible
Arthur Miller's The Crucible has themes that are relevant and parallel to the 9/11 attack. The theme developed in The Crucible is that during times of fear, people who are in fear accuse others of wrong doings and punish them by taking action against the accused. This theme is developed in The Crucible through lines like “How may we blame ourselves? I am one of nine sons; the Putnam seed had peopled this province. And yet I have one child left of eight- and now she shrivels!” (1039), “[MRS. PUTNAM enters with TITUBA, and instantly ABIGAIL points at TITUBA] ‘She made me do it! She made Betty do it!’” (1045), and “I want to open myself! [They turn to her, startled. She is enraptured, as though in a pearly light.] I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (1048). In the first quote, Putnam, who is fearing witchcraft/the Devil in Salem, is talking of how they have to blame others for the evil that has happened in their lives (death of siblings and children) (1039). Putnam is developing the theme by being in fear and saying that they should accuse others of the evil that is causing the fear. In the second quote, Abigail develops the theme by being in fear of being accused of being with the Devil. Since Abigail has this fear, she chooses to blame Tituba, saying that Tituba bewitched her, so it would be Tituba's fault that the Devil was around (1045). Abigail does this again in the third quote, were she blames others for being witches. This would take the people of Salems fear of witchcraft and blame the witchcraft on others (1048). In the end of The Crucible, some of the witches, therefore proving my theme that the people who are in fear take action against the people who they feel are causing the fear.
The Crucible and 9/11-how similar were they?
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