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The Wandering Jew's endless punishment reflects the uncomfortable spiritual stasis to which medieval Christians relegated their Jewish contemporaries.
The wandering Jew! You are face to face with your brother and you withhold the embrace.
In the 1860s, when Ludwig Friedlander, himself a wandering Jew of sorts, wrote the definitive chapters on "Verkehrwesen" and "Die Reisen der Tourism" in his three-volume tour de force, Darstellungen aus der Sittengeschichte Roms, he engaged an already established line of inquiry on the subject, not only of his great teachers--Mommsen and Burckhardt--but going back to Winckelmann, a century or so before him.
Representing the struggle for cultural integration and economic equality, the novel features a Jewish flaneur, a wandering Jew. (27) Alec, a young garment worker, exploited like so many by the coercive economic structure of Britain's textile industry and hierarchical machinery of the East End rag trade, resists its inevitable objectification, his fate as "a limp, screwed-out rag," one of the "automata" (Blumenfeld 29, 21).
But more than that, by linking Bloom, the wandering Jew, in modern Dublin with Odysseus in ancient Greece, Joyce recognizes the centrality of Judaism in the Judeo-Christian tradition of Western civilization.
For Herzog's vampires, death "is not the worst thing." It is, in fact, far better to perish than to go on eternally wandering--forsaken, forgotten, and forlorn--like the stereotypical Wandering Jew, doomed to roam the earth until Christ's second coming.
For said forgery, he finds inspiration in Eugene Sue's The Wandering Jew, The Mysteries of the People, and in Alexandre Dumas' Joseph Balsamo.
These anti-Semitic stereotypes originate in the myth of the "wandering Jew," a figure mockingly connected to Bloom by Buck Mulligan in "Scylla and Charybdis" and then more seriously by the Citizen: "Ahasuerus I call him.
There is confusion too: a sense that the time has come for a political decision in the Holy Land, between the identity of the wandering Jew and that of the national Jew.
Focusing on the story's depiction of several key figures, including especially the Master Genius and the Wandering Jew, I will discuss how Hawthorne's meditation on authorship and genius extends to include the ramifications of the Democratic Party's stance on slavery and on territorial expansion and westward migration.
The wan-deringjew, who made his way from Judea to various parts of the Roman Empire, who was expelled from France and moved to Germany, forced out of Spain to several new abodes, escaped from Germany to welcoming Poland, turned refugee from eastern Europe and settled in England and America--changing languages and manners as he crossed borders--the wandering Jew retained his Jewish identity and kept his Jewish consciousness as the dominant element of his being.
Thus his life and work subverted the traditional anti-Semitic interpretation of the "Wandering Jew" and made him into a revolutionary leader, "the independent individual who resists public pressure to conform" (174).