Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains
repressed by society. Often this evil side breaks out during times of
isolation from our culture, and whenever one culture confronts another.
History is loaded with examples of atrocities that have occurred when one
culture comes into contact with another. Whenever fundamentally different
cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that
leads us to discover more about our true selves, often causing perceived
madness by those who have yet to discover.
The Puritans left Europe in hopes of finding a new world to welcome them and
their beliefs. What they found was a vast new world, loaded with Indian
cultures new to them. This overwhelming cultural interaction caused some
Puritans to go mad and try to purge themselves of a perceived evil. This
came to be known as the Salem witch trials.
During World War II, Germany made an attempt to overrun Europe. What
happened when the Nazis came into power and persecuted the Jews in Germany,
Austria and Poland is well known as the Holocaust. Here, humanÃÂs evil side
provides one of the scariest occurrences of this century. Adolf Hitler and
his Nazi counterparts conducted raids of the ghettos to locate and often
exterminate any Jews they found. Although Jews are the most widely known
victims of the Holocaust, they were not the only targets. When the war
ended, 6 million Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Communists, and others targeted by the Nazis, had died in the Holocaust.
Most of these deaths occurred in gas chambers and mass shootings. This
gruesome attack was motivated mainly by the fear of cultural intermixing
which would impurify the 'Master Race.'
Joseph ConradÃÂs book, The Heart of Darkness and Francis CoppolaÃÂs movie,