The Last Night of Ballyhoo Essay

Alfred Uhry
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Korb has a master's degree in English literature and creative writing and has written for a wide variety of educational publishers. In the following essay, Korb discusses the anti-Semitism felt by the Jewish family in Uhry's play.

Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a humorous play that still raises a serious social issue: anti Semitism inflicted by Jews. Although the Levy/ Freitag family lives in a society in which Jews are discriminated against on a regular basis and although they personally have experienced prejudicial treatment because of their Jewish faith, they persistently regard "the other kind" of Jews—those who do not descend from German Jewry—as socially inferior. Like their friends, the Nachmans, Strausses, and Lillienthals, they see nothing wrong with their behavior, nor do they ever equate their prejudicial treatment of others with the discrimination that is wrought upon themselves. Indeed, their greatest...

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