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A Report On The Play "Incident At Vichy" By Arthur Miller

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Incident at Vichy, by Arthur Miller, takes place in 1942 France. The play consists of dialogue between the characters, eight men and a boy, while they await an unknown fate in the detention room of a Vichy police station. Not only does the play tell of the horrors of the Holocaust through rumors that the men exchange, but it also deals with major themes of guilt, self-sacrifice, and honor. Through characters with different beliefs, attitudes, and ways of life, the play draws significant conclusions on the topic of individualism.The need to protect oneself is a very strong, reoccurring theme, and the characters all have different coping mechanisms. Many of the characters seem very ...view middle of the document...

It is obvious that both the active and passive attempts at self-protection were not enough; the men did not realize it, however it was necessary for them to stop thinking of only themselves and join together to overcome their opposing forces. Or it was necessary for someone else to make a sacrifice in order to help them.The question of honor plagued the Major. He knew that he was involved in something horrible and felt guilty for it. Leduc saw his weakness and tried to persuade him to kill as many guards as possible and sacrifice himself so that he could escape. Leduc said he would remember him with love and as an honorable German, but the major said he doesn't care if Leduc loves him, he believes that individuals don't matter anymore. He does not understand why Leduc has more of a right to live than he.In the end it is the great Prince Von Berg, a man of nobility, who sacrifices his pass out of the detainment room to Leduc, a Jew. Von Berg acts in a very selfless way, the first selfless act in the play, as he places someone...

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