Does The Movie The Passion Bring About Anti Semitism

2760 words - 11 pages

The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson has taken America by storm. In the US alone, it made $83,848,082 its first weekend. As of April 25, 2004 it has grossed worldwide over $364 billion. Not bad for a movie with a budget of $30 million.
     The movie is subject to a lot of criticism. People are worried about many things. Are the images depicted correct? Is it too gory? What will people’s reaction be? Will any demographic of people get hurt from the movie? A Catholic teacher from California was fired for offering students extra credit to see the Passion. (It is a rated “R” movie) There are many other problems too. Does The Passion bring about acts of anti-semitism? This will be the purpose of this paper.

     To answer this question, I conducted a simple experiment with different variable. The first variable is age. The second is location. I interviewed sixteen people, (eight women and eight men) and asked them the same questions. Four males and females are from the Binghamton area, and four males and females are from the Long Island area.

     I grouped the ages from 18-25, 25-35, 35-55, and 55 and on. I asked each person their faith/religion. I originally asked more than 16 people, but people who refused to answer the question or people of no faith were thrown out. I conducted the experiments at Loews Town Square 9, located at 2425 Vestal Parkway, Binghamton, and Loews Roosevelt Raceway, located at 1025 Corporate Drive in Westbury, Long Island.
     I asked each person six question. The results follow:


Age Group:     


Extra Pertinent Information:
Very religious. Attends services regularly.

Thoughts before movie:
Excited to see a religious movie.

Would you consider yourself an aggressive or easily agitated person?
“Not really. Pretty laid back.”

Do you consider yourself a religious person?
Yes. Definitely.

Do you think the movie will make people angry at the Jews?

Are you anti-semetic?
“No. No way.” (subject seems offended by question)

Thoughts after movie:
“I never knew that the Jews tortured Jesus. I feel really inspired” Subject is agitated

     Do you harbor any resentment towards the Jews?
“ Well, I cant believe that the Jews got away with what they did for so long. I mean, just look at what they did.”

But do you resent them for any reason?
“I don’t know. I mean they killed Jesus. Murder should never be tolerated. So I guess I do. I love Jesus, and what he did for his people, and the Jews should pay for...

Find Another Essay On Does the movie THE PASSION bring about anti semitism

The history and roots of anti-Semitism is Europe

889 words - 4 pages pigs. In Shakespeare's play, 'The Merchant of Venice', Shylock the Jewish usurer is a heartless, greedy villain. Some of the myths about Jews in the middle ages lived on. One particular myth surfaced in a text called 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' that was published in 1903. The text 'revealed' that Jews were conspiring to take over the world. The book was used to justify mistreatment of the Jews.There was a lot of anti-Semitism when Hitler

Shakespeare And Anti-Semitism In The Merchant Of Venice

1384 words - 6 pages in Shakespeare's time, stereotyping was a mundane part of their lives. Shakespeare's anti-Semitism seems harsh, but shows that not all Jews are vile like most people believed in his time. Shylock is shown to be hard working (Goddard 5). Believe it or not, there is some compassion for the desecration of the Jews in Shakespeare's play. Antonio recognizes the futility of opposing Shylock's passion with reason. "He seems the depository of the

Was German ‘Eliminationist Anti-Semitism” Responsible for the Holocaust?

976 words - 4 pages “Was German ‘Eliminationist Anti-Semitism” Responsible for the Holocaust?” is a fascinating and somewhat discouraging debate that explores the question of whether German anti-Semitism, instilled within citizens outside of the Nazi Party, played a vast role in the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust . Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of “The Paradigm Challenged,” believes that it did; and argues quite convincingly that ordinary German

A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice

2363 words - 9 pages A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was written by Shakespeare in 1596 and appeals to both audiences of comedy and tragedy. The play features anti-Semitism which is a response to 1500’s Britain as well as other literature of the time. Anti-Semitism is the term used to describe discrimination towards Jews and Judaism. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ has received both positive and negative

What are the historical roots of anti-Semitism? Where did it stem from? Define the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism.

553 words - 2 pages countries that practice state atheism. Atheism is people whom do not believe in a God. This form of prejudice was directed towards the religion itself, and so does not affect those of Jewish ancestry who have converted to another religion (Britannica).In my readings to me anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism are one of the same. The proper way to describe anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism is in the eye of the beholder. Who is trying to be prejudice may say it

The difference between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism and their histories. Includes footnotes.

2088 words - 8 pages of Anti-Israel to mask their blatant hatred for Jews, and to blame it on the Jew's desire for a state that isn't "rightfully theirs". The Anti-Defamation League has tried very hard to turn around all the hatred in this world. For example, on September 23, 2002, in Denver, the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel Council of Colorado express grave concern about rising anti-Semitism on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus and called upon

Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany: How Far Were the German People Responsible for the Holocaust?

2175 words - 9 pages theory that there must have been a fundamental hatred for Jewish people throughout Germany. This seems to be the only way to explain the inhumanity of an event such as the Holocaust. No excuses are to be made and there is no reason to dispute the idea of a 'frightened society' who was forced to obey outlandish orders. "They acted as they did because of a widespread, profound, unquestioned, and virulent anti-Semitism that led them to regard the Jews

Theft-Murder: The Inadequacy of Reparations and Restitutions as a result of Anti-Semitism

3617 words - 14 pages anti-Semitic message by not paying what is owed. As Elie Wiesel said, "If all the money in all the Swiss banks it would not bring back the life of one Jewish child. But the money is a symbol. It is a part of the story. If you suppress any part of the story, it comes back later with force and vengeance" (Bazyler 296). Whether they intend to or not, the leaders of these organizations are sending a message that they do not care about the Jewish

Determining Whether there is a Presence of Anti-Semitism in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

1363 words - 5 pages wrote his plays. Pandering to the taste of his audience, he stuck in many lines that may be seen as anti Semitic. "If I do not love her I am a Jew," proclaims Benedick about Beatrice; meaning that if he does not love her he is a scoundrel. In "Macbeth," the witches intone "Liver of blaspheming Jew" as they pop another vile ingredient into their cauldron. Servants invite each other for drinks, stating that one who refuses the

Prejudice, Racism and Anti-Semitism in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

2768 words - 11 pages Prejudice, Racism and Anti-Semitism in William Shakespeare’s play, "The Merchant of Venice" Throughout William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, there is a strong theme of prejudice. Portia has to deal with prejudice against her sex, the Prince of Morocco has to deal with prejudice against his race but the character that is most discriminated against is Shylock. He is hated for being a Jew and a money-lender, but Shakespeare has

Anti-Semitism and Lack of Concern Among Non-jews During the Holocaust

996 words - 4 pages the antisemitic views that were pushed for two thousand years and accelerated by the Nazi Party, Jews weren't viewed as equal citizens. They were viewed as an inferior race which made the up rise of the Holocaust easy for the average non-Jew to set back and watch. Bibliography Amlog, Shmuel. Theorizing about Antisemitism, the Holocaust and Modernity. . (28 May 2005). Antisemitism. . (28 May 2005). Hornberger, Jacob G. How Hitler Became A Dictator. 28 June 2004. . (28 May 2005). Merriam Webster Online. (28 May 2005).

Similar Essays

Defense Of "The Passion Of The Christ" Against Charges Of Anti Semitism

1170 words - 5 pages portrayal of Christ's crucifixion to point fingers at the Jews and to inflame Anti-Semitism, nor was the Passion to violent in depicting the death, or was the movie not held true to the scriptures. The Passion was not to persuade people into practicing Semitism, but to educate in the life, the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The violence in the Passion was merely an interpretation of what the scriptures tell us, but it was a day that is

Mel Gibsons Latest Movie The Passion Of The Christ, Will This Movie Renew Anti Semitic Hatred For The Jewish People That They Have Had To Deal With For The Last Thousands Of Years.

551 words - 2 pages Mel's passion for anti-SemitismHollywood superstar Mel Gibson's upcoming movie about the death of Jesus is anti-Semitic and could renew hatred for the Jews around the world. ' The Passion of The Christ,' is going to ruin the rest of his acting career. He may be known as a nice guy on movie sets, but his reputation as something of a religious bigot is growing. Those with concerns about the film pointout that what is authentic and accurate about

Anti Semitism In The Modern World Essay

2142 words - 9 pages despite the facts people have kept on creating foolish excuses to blame the Jews for the world’s problems. Major questions that need to be answered about anti-Semitism are, why anti-Semitism exists in contemporary society, where anti-Semitism is present and how it affects the Jewish community in that area, and finally people should be aware of some key example of anti-Semitic movements around the world. Why does anti-Semitism exists in

Classical And Modern Anti Semitism In The Mortara Case

1904 words - 8 pages amalgamation of Classical anti-Semitism as well as modern ideas. Classical anti-Semitism is religiously motivated and does not concern itself with genetics or to what extent a Jew is integrated into secular society. Some examples of what Classical anti-Semitism in Jewish history was based on are: the Jews being blamed for killing Jesus Christ, Jews rejecting Jesus as the Messiah, and Jews being involved in religious practices that went against the