Japanese Americans In The Crucible

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The Japanese American Crucible

Imagine; You are told that for crimes you’ve never committed, you will be removed from your home and your entire life will be changed. This is exactly what happened in the fictional story that took place in Salem, Massachusetts The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, and to the Japanese Americans in America during World War II. There were many injustices that occurred during these two separate instances, for instance how they were accused, how the witches and Japanese American were similarly treated, and such as how the lives of those who were eventually freed were changed forever.

Firstly, in The Crucible if you were accused of being a witch your life practically ended and in many cases did. You were shunned
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Those related but unaffected by the conflict saw them as a warning to people’s ignorance and how far someone can go when they’re scared. But those who were affected? They saw the cruelty of the world. In Salem if you were accused the only way to avoid a hanging was to plead guilty and if you did you were excommunicated from the church, which is a humongous deal among puritans, and looked upon as someone less than human. After WWII, although those who survived internment were later released and somewhat compensated, the lives of the Japanese Americans were changed forever. They were still looked upon with caution in post war America because the amount of fear Japan had instilled in our citizens, somewhat like how being excommunicated was like, and as I have stated before they lost all of their belongings at the start of the conflict which most of which was never returned. “Thirty-one pound is gone. I am penniless.” (Miller 979) Parris says in the crucible after being robbed, which is a state that many Japanese Americans found themselves in after being freed. Those who survived these two horrific conflicts were forever changed and probably never looked upon the world the same. (In revision find and add