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Focus Arthur MillerFocus by Arthur Miller raises many complex issues with its plot and its characters interaction with one another The book deals with a man named Mr Newman who lives his whole life as a xenophobic white Christian and feels that his kind are above the rest of society When he gets a pair of glasses his appearance changes and he looks like a Jew This results in many changes in the life of Mr Newman as the way he is treated as a Jew takes a toll on his daily lifeOf the many characters in this story only one of them Mr Finkelstein is a true Jew He is the subject of much hatred in his neighborhood which is filled with anti-Semitic people When Mr Newman begins to experience a small portion of this hatred too he turns to the Jew for some guidance This act is the beginning of the bonding process that eventually leads into Mr Newman saying at the end of the story that he is no better than the Jew The relationship that these two characters have is shaped by the treatment that they both receive from their neighbors While Mr Newman had always been sympathetic to Mr Finkelstein as an individual he still thought that as a cursed Jew Mr Finkelstein deserved the treatment that he got As the two of them began to receive the same torment from their neighbors Mr Newman looked to Mr Finkelstein in two ways At first he blamed Mr Finkelstein for being the model of the evil Jew and causing everyone to assume that Mr Newman was just as bad Later Mr Newman saw that Mr Finkelstein was used to this treatment so Mr Newman looked to the Jew for counsel The reason that their relationship developed more as the story progressed is because Mr Newman has the realization that Finkelstein is a civilized person and not just a worthless Jew During
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