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The Devastating Effects of Intolerance Intolerance is something that everyone has to deal with It is a nation-wide problem There are many forms of intolerance and all of them lead to devastation This is shown throughout history literature and in personal events We are the only ones who can stop it One form of intolerance is religious bigotry This is clearly illustrated in Elie Wiesels book called Night In this novel Elie and his family are put into a Nazi death camp in 1944 The experience was a life changing event for the young Elie He tragically witnessed the death of his family and loss everything he knew Elie and his family were only one of the millions affected by the hate of the Germans as it states in the book Night I witnessed other hangings page 60 Millions of peope died because of the hate in some people Hate can be shown in many other forms too One form is clearly shown in Wilma Elizabeth McDaniels short story entitled Who Said We all had to Talk Alike A woman from the Ozarks named Neffie applies for a job in California Neffie is sent back after just one month because she added an r to many words that did not contain that letter This incident was devastating to the children she was caring for because they really liked Neffie and the way that she cooked and told stories This also made Neffie feel like there was something wrong with her The children probably lost one of the best baby-sitters This is just a small example of an act of intolerance that can even have unintended consequences that hurt many people Devastating intolerance can also be seen in the short story Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor An act of religious bigotry and someones beliefs can become a part of someone elses way of
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