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In Babi Yar Yevgeny Yevtushenko pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in general and particularly to those who perished in his homeland of Russia Although he himself is not a Jew Yevtushenko writes this poem with hopes of bettering his countrys society by deprecating anti - Semitism In achieving this Yevtushenko uses various literary devices including allusions that appeal to non - Jews as well as Jews imagery and his voice and diction as a whole In his use of the first person Yevtushenko is able to drive the horrific acts against the Jews close to home He writes Anne Frank I am she and I am every old man shot down here Thus the Holocaust is portrayed as a first hand personal experience which deepens the meaning of his message Also he uses the first person in historical allusions saying I roam in Egypt and I am Dreyfus hence taking the reader back to previous historical injustices towards the Jews These allusions in reference to Egypt and Dreyfus are meant to improve the worlds awareness of anti - Semitism In Egypt Jews were viciously mistreated and held captive against their will as slaves And Dreyfus a Frenchman was incarcerated for a crime he obviously did not commit simply because of his religion Judaism This seems to be the justification for his saying Fear is my ground - as old as the Jewish people since he who actually represents the Jew has constant known fear all throughout history It is the ground on which he has walked on ever since his creation Additionally if these allusion do not evoke sadness and repugnance in his non - Jewish readers Yevtushenko insightfully makes use of the third an most potent parallel for injustice The crucifixion of Jesus on the cross This offers a point in history that Christians can relate to with sadness and therefore come to have sympathy
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