Historical Representations of "the other"

Many things have changed throughout the course of history. Technology, beliefs, food, and many more are constantly evolving, becoming better, or just different. However, one thing that always tends to stay similar is fear. Fear of death. Fear of the unknown. Fear of a stranger. Fear of The Other.

The Other is all about misconstrued identity, and not being what one appears. Masks are the physical representation of this, intentionally hiding oneself and changing others' conception of them.
Jumping ahead to the 1500s, this picture represents death as a nearly faceless skeleton, and an unrecognizable mass of black decay. As death walks along, those in its path die without reason.
In the mid-1800s, one of the biggest threats to American settlers were the Native Americans. In this painting, the Natives are depicted as a faceless group killing their way through the white immigrants.
This sketch is a depiction of Lincoln's assassination, where John Wilkes Booth is seen fleeing onto the stage. He has been singled out of the enraged crowd, making him The Other, even though his face is in full view.
This powerful painting depicts two soldiers lying dead in the trenches during WWI. The Other is shown here by having the soldiers be as stereotypical as possible, with white skin, brown hair, and hidden faces, emphasizing that they could be any soldier. This is made especially more tragic when one considers that the work is titled "Paths Of Glory."
Jumping forward to WWII, this wartime propaganda plants the idea of the Nazis being a single, evil, and terrible force that can be broken if we work together. It also supports the idea that the Nazis were not individuals, but a single sub-human being, making them The Other.
This image, though containing figures that look to be from the 19th century, was actually crafted in 2001. Every person in this image is only an outline, with minimal detail, emphasizing the point that any of them could be any person, while also showing that none of them are people, Making a great example of The Other.
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