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Prejudice a very powerful word can be best defined as preconceived judgment or opinion Many times prejudice targets various religious affiliations such as people of the Jewish faith In Sir Walter Scotts Ivanhoe the many prejudices show strong abomination and hatred towards the Jews After the Battle of Hastings and the Normans conquest of England much hostility lingers in the air Three basic groups still exist the Normans Saxons and Jews The Normans and Saxons do not accept each others presence Both the Normans and the Saxons however despise the Jews In the story of Ivanhoe the Normans and Saxons take advantage of the Jews because they believe Jewish people are very wealthy The Normans think the Jews increase multiply and accumulate large sums then transfer it on to the next Jewish descendent In Ivanhoe when the Saxons meet at the Saxon home of Rotherwood the Templar first meets Isaac the Jew and exclaims his impression of wealth and to gull women and boys with gauds and toys I warrant thee store of shekels in thy Jewish scrip 43 Isaac heatedly replies that he is an impoverished wretch and borrows even his clothing from fellow Jew Reuben of Tadcaster The Templar then accuses Isaac of being a false-hearted liar Obviously the stereotype towards Jews leads to the Templars harsh accusations Later on in the story Front-de-Boeuf or Reginald tries his hand at gaining money from Isaac While holding him captive Reginald offers a ransom a thousand silver pounds after the just measure and weight of the Tower of London188 Once again Isaac denies his wealth and asks the knight to have mercy on him The Normans and Saxons repeatedly stereotype that the Jews are wealthy throughout the story In addition to the belief that Jews are wealthy the Normans and Saxons also show prejudice by simply disliking and disapproving of the Jewish people They obviously possess different feelings towards Jews because of their religion For
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