In reading, Night by Elie Wiesel and A Man’s Search For Meaning, many stories of the torturous life in the concentration camps during the second world war. In each book, the reader gets a different point of view from each book because in Night, you get to read about a teenager’s view and in the book, A Man’s Search For Meaning, you get to read about a middle-aged man’s view. In the book, Night, Elie, his family, and his community go through a system of indoctrination which in each step makes you seem less and less of a human.
The first step is that the Hungarian police made all the Jewish people wear yellow stars, so they could be picked out easily. The next step is that all the Jewish people had to get rid of all their valuable belongings. The next step in the system is moving all the Jewish people to the ghettos either in the large ones or the small ones. Elie and his family were moved to the large one.
The next step is that Elie and his family had to move to the small ghetto where they were getting ready to leave or be sent somewhere else. The next step of the system is every day they take a certain amount of Jewish people into the center of the town square and then they let them sit there for a while. The next step was that they had to walk to the synagogue and then they had to walk to train after being in the synagogue for a day.
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Once they reach the train, the Hungarian police put eighty people in a thirty person train car. The next step is the long trip on the train, where people start going crazy, people not getting fed well and no room to sit. Life in the camp, the next step is when the train arrives at Auschwitz, and then SS men ordered everyone out and make them leave their personal stuff behind. The next step they separated the men from the women and children, this was a point where families were separated and most of the families never saw each other again.
Elie never saw his mother and his sisters again. He could have stayed with his mother but he told the SS men that he was eighteen years old and that was better because most people they killed were children. The older people got to live longer because they thought that they will all die because of the way they were treating them bad, by not feeding and making them work longer hours. The next step was to separate the handicapped from the normal.
After that, the young and the old are separated. The next step is all the men had taken off the clothes and be shaven and cleaned. The doctor went around checking all the people for any diseases and or handicaps. The next step is that all the people had to get tattooed and the tattoo was that of a number and that number now replaced your name. Then after that, they sent you into a room and they gave you the same clothes. After that moment you definitely lost your individuality because you looked like everyone else and everything about you has been taken away so you start to think that you a just one of a million.
These ideas are taken from pages 8 to 39 in the book, Night. The concentration camps seemed to bring out the worst in people because what happened was that all the people there reverted to animals and they only thought on their minds was me. Most of them wanted to survive as an individual rather than helping out and surviving as a group. One example of this is when the relationship between the young and old is not that good.
The young felt like the old was a hindrance to their survival because they had to worry about themselves and it was more work and stress if they had to worry about someone else. One example of this is when Idek, the little Jewish boy, began to beat Elie’s father because Idek felt that Elie’s father was not working to his potential and that could get Idek in trouble. If Idek lets Elie’s father slack off, then he would get in trouble because all the work has not been done and when you get in trouble it usually means a beating and or death. This can be seen on page 52 of Night.
The issue of primary importance for the prisoners was survival by any means necessary. Either young or old, everyone wants to get out of the concentration camps alive. Everyone had a different method of survival, one example of that is that some people step over other people to survive but others actually tried to be social and helpful, so that family and friends of theirs could survive also.
One example of a person steps over some to live is towards the end of the book when they left the camp because the army was getting close and sons would leave their fathers behind, brothers would leave brothers behind, long time friends would leave their friends behind and so on. You can also see that people will help others so a group survives rather than an individual and one example of this can be shown when some people fell down when they were marching some people helped them up while others just walked by.
These ideas can be found on pages 81-90 in Night. The importance of survival was so great that it affected the mental and physical states of all the prisoners at the concentration camps. It affected them mentally because it rose a lot of questions like if I have to choose between helping my dying father and living another day what will I choose. A question like that changed a person and maybe made him change for the worst.
It affected them physically because they wanted to survive but lack of food and long hours of work changed their strength and what they were able to do. If a person went to the camp at 6 feet tall and 230 lbs., you probably come out weighing half of that. That shows the drastic change in the physical appearance of the person. If you were able to survive, you were left with a physical and mental scar.
Both Elie Wiesel’s Night and Victor Frankl’s A Man’s Search For Meaning raise a lot of questions about life. They both raise questions like, is a life worth fighting for, and does a person have a choice to decide whether life is valuable or not. The first question was answer more by Frankl’s book because he tells us that life is worth living because not only just for yourself but there might be someone else that is waiting for you.
So we have to use all our strengths and other qualities so that you could live another day even though tomorrow you could die of heart attack, but you did not die on your own accord and it was something out of your hands. Just knowing that you tried and failed is better than knowing that you did not try at all.
The second question can be answered by both authors’ books because no one has the right to decide whether a person’s life is valuable enough to be taken away for no reason. The SS had choices about whether to kill or let people live, but that choice should have never been given to them because no one can decide whether life is valuable or not.
There is a four-point methodology that can be used to understand more the situation that both authors were in. The nature of the universe is living in the concentration camp for men. Our role is that we have to do everything in our power to survive the concentration camps. The flaw is that not everyone wants to do everything in their power to survive the concentration camps.
The remedy is that you would have to give the people that do not want to live a reason for living. You can tell them that their family members are waiting for them when they get out or someone needs them to be alive, so they could survive another day. Frankl talks about how everyone has something inside them that they want to live for, but if they cannot see that then someone will have to tell them about it.
Frankl believes that we should all see something that makes us want to live because life is very valuable and you cannot just let it go like that. In the reading of both these books, I have learned many things about the human race. I learned how cruel it can be and how fragile it can be. I believe that if I was in a position of either being a prisoner, an SS-man, or a Kapo, I really do not know how I would act.
If I was a SS man, I probably would have listened to my conscience and done everything in my power to get out of that position. If I was a prisoner, I would probably do everything in my power to live and survive the camps. If I was a Kapo, I would not be treated my fellow men badly so that I will not face any harm. Even though I think I would have done these things if I was in those positions, I probably would have done something else because I can never really understand the situation.
The story of the night riders began with James Buchanan. His family and he began W. Duke & Sons Company, a company that bought tobacco and sold it in commercial forms. However, it was under James’ direction that this company became the American Tobacco Company. He led this company into a world monopoly of tobacco products by 1900.
Duke avoided political interference very easily at first, with Cunningham stating that “Many times the company would own the interests and subsidiaries, yet allow them to operate ostensibly independently while maintaining their name and personnel and keeping ownership a close secret”(16). The company had control over every facet of the business except the actual growing of the tobacco. Yet, Duke s only concern was for profit.
In his search, he and many people associated with his company became extremely wealthy. In his search for profit, he forgot the growers of his product. The lack of competitive buyers for tobacco dropped prices drastically. In 1904, It cost farmers an average of six cents a pound to break even. However, in that year farmers who were accustomed to receiving eight to twelve cents a pound were receiving two to three cents a pound.
This was caused by the American Tobacco Company, or the Duke Trust, as its enemies called it. Dark tobacco was only grown in a section of western Kentucky and western Tennessee called the Black Patch. The farmers in this area could not break even. Tobacco was their only legitimate cash crop and the generally uneducated people of the area knew no other way of life. Because of the agrarian nature of this area, the whole economy relied on tobacco.
Many farmers lost their land or went hungry or were forced to move. The television documentary On Bended Knees stated it best, “There were sellers of tobacco and there were buyers of tobacco. By 1904, the American Tobacco Company was the only buyer, the only game in town.” It was the dark tobacco growers that would begin the rebellion against the Duke Trust.
The most important person of the revolution was Doctor David Amoss, who was born in a small Caldwell County community called Cobb. He was a very bright student when he was young and he followed his family s profession into medicine. Yet, he held a fondness for the military and may have chosen it as a career if it was not for the bitterness left behind by the recent Civil War.
Dr. Amoss grew to be a small but handsome man of a very amiable disposition. He was well respected both in the medical community and in his living community. He had many hobbies, among them sharpshooting, and it was widely assumed in his area that he could do whatever he put his mind to. He was also a generous man, he never turned down a needy patient who could not afford his services and he would wait until harvest for the farmers to pay him.
Dr. Amos noticed the wrongdoings of the Duke Trust and it angered him deeply that the big businessmen were taking advantage of the people in his area. Another very important person in the trust resistance was Felix Ewing of Adams, Tennessee. He was an aristocratic farmer. He came up with an idea in 1893 that was basically, “Since the Duke Trust monopolized the buying market through consolidation, why couldn t farmers monopolize the supply”(Cunningham 46).
He did not act on this idea until 1904. He called a meeting on September 24, 1904, in Guthrie Kentucky for all of the angry tobacco farmers that wished to attend. Over five thousand farmers converged at this small town for the day-long meeting. From this meeting came the Dark Tobacco District Planter s Protection Association of Kentucky and Tennessee, better known as the Association.
Its purpose was to withhold tobacco until prices were reasonable. The Association would work to sell its members tobacco. It would require about ninety percent participation of farmers for it to work. The members of the new association recruited new members with religious zeal. They were supposed to encourage full participation by all of the farmers. Some short-sighted farmers refused to join the Association. They became known as hillbillies.
Many businessmen took the side of the Association to gain favor with the persons who made up most of their customers. Many of those refused service to non-Association members. The trust had huge warehouses of tobacco so it could wait a long while before it was even necessary to purchase more. It offered non-Association members a premium price.
This made the Association members feel betrayed by their neighbors. The Association persevered through 1906 with much hope for change but nothing to show for their efforts. Then the next level of the rebellion against the trust happened. The Possum Hunters were born, with Dr. Amoss as their leader. This initially nonviolent group rode at night after their farm work was done to strongly encourage the hillbilly farmers to join the Association.
These farmers were, “impatient, strong-willed and angry men. And they were all religious men, Baptists, Methodists, and Church of Christ, reputable and with upstanding untarnished positions within their community”(Cunningham 54). The groups were often in dangerous situations because of their numbers and the hour of their calling. Occasionally the visited hillbilly would face them at gunpoint and heatedly tell the groups to leave.
It soon became apparent that more action was necessary. From this necessity came the Night Riders. They were the unofficial militant arm of the Association. Dr. Amoss was in charge of this group. They were secretive, disciplined, and determined to bring the downfall of the Duke Trust. “The order was conducted as a militant organization under the active direction of a General and a lieutenant commander”(Nall 53).
Each member took an oath on the Bible of allegiance and to maintain the secrecy of the members and their forthcoming actions. They also agreed that any breach of this oath would be punished as severely as death. The Night Riders would wear masks, travel in armed groups, and often pad their horses’ hooves for quietness. The masks “were meant to disguise one’s identity and were not an elaborate costume”(Campbell 112).
They persuaded the disagreeable hillbillies through a strong warning or beating to join the Association. If this was not enough, the hillbilly s barn full of curing tobacco was burned or his plant bed in the spring was killed. There was fear that if an illness would happen in one’s family that Dr. Amoss might not come to the aid of a hillbilly. This was an understandable fear, but an unfounded one. He never mixed his practice and his Association allegiance.
The Night Riders’ reign of the night went without reciprocation. This was because most of the sheriffs and judges were at least passively involved. Even if a Night Rider was arrested and sent to trial the jury would have too many Association members or sympathizers to get a guilty verdict. Some of Dr. Amoss’s best-staged plans occurred in Princeton, Kentucky; a town of about one thousand people.
There were two of the Trust s tobacco warehouses there that were full of newly bought hillbilly tobacco. An anonymous letter was sent to the warehouse’s insurance company to drop their coverage. They wisely did. Around midnight on November 30, 1906, the masked Night Riders invaded. First came the ones on foot. They were in squads of six with each squad assigned a different job.
They took over the police station with little resistance. Another squad took over the telephone and telegraph offices and cut the lines. Still another squad simultaneously took over the fire station and cut off the city’s water supply. As these men on foot finished their assignments the next wave of men came, over two hundred men on horseback.
The horses’ feet were covered to allow them to go unnoticed as long as possible. However, the horses’ snorts began to wake people. When they turned on their lights the riders shot out their windows and commanded the people to stay inside. They quickly burned both warehouses. The men on foot left. When the last of them were gone the horsemen left in different directions. It was perfectly executed with no one being killed. The Duke Trust lost the money it spent on the tobacco, lost the warehouses, and lost the tobacco, with no insurance.
The next attack was at Hopkinsville, Kentucky; a city of ten thousand people that had an active state militia on guard since the Princeton attack. This was undoubtedly Dr. Amoss’s best showcase of his leadership abilities. It was carried out on November 20, 1907, with the precision of an army. No one was killed during the attack, but one Night Rider was killed in the chase a small posse made.
They burned one huge Duke Trust warehouse and trashed a newspaper that sided with the trust. Dr. Amoss was superficially shot in the head. This wound enhanced the loyalty of his soldiers. The attack was reported all over the country and was usually grossly exaggerated. It was even reported in the New York Times. A reward of five hundred dollars was offered for information leading to the conviction of any Night Rider involved in the attack on Hopkinsville.
None were convicted. Many other towns were raided between 1907-1908. Among them were Eddyville, Golden Pond, Russelville, Dycusburg, Hazel, Mayfield, and Rockcastle. The effect on the Duke Trust was now being felt. The attention that grew from this was noticed in Washington. On November 7, 1907, American Tobacco Company was declared a monopoly by the New York Court of Appeals. This ruling was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. It took until May of 1911 for the court to uphold this ruling.
The Night Riders had already caused the prices of tobacco to rise before this time; thus, completing their goal. Many of the members of this secretive group were later tried in court, some were found guilty, some were not. However, they were Americans who stood against their oppressor. They were undaunted by the power of their opposition. The Night Riders achieved their goal of having their livelihood restored.
The night is a powerful, brilliantly written autobiography of a concentration camp survivor. Wiesel saw his family, friends, and fellow Jews degraded and murdered. Wiesel also says that his God, to whom he was so devoted, was also “murdered” by the Nazis. In the novel, Wiesel changed from a devout Jew to a broken young man who doubted his belief in God.
When Wiesel first comes to the concentration camp and sees all the walking skeletons, he can t believe that this is real. He feels that he might be dreaming. However, as Wiesel faces each day and witnesses the starvation, the beatings of innocent people and the tortures, his faith in God begins to waver. By the end of the book, Wiesel has lost his belief in God. If there is a God, how could he allow this to happen, he wonders.
As the days go by, there are frequent selections. A man with a little stick decides who will live and who will die. This man acts like God. To the right you live, to the left, you die. As Wiesel watches the evil that exists, his belief in the existence of God continues to deteriorate. Wiesel asks, “Where is my God? Where is He?”(61)
Wiesel continues to witness hangings, beatings, starvation, and torture. One day when Wiesel comes back from a day s work, he sees three gallows being assembled. The whole camp has to witness the hangings. Among the 3 people who would die that day, was a young child. Wiesel wondered what that poor innocent boy had done to deserve to die in this manner.
Wiesel watched the boy struggling between life and death. The death was a slow agony. At this point, Wiesel lost all faith in the existence of God. “Where is God now? Where is He? Here is – He is hanging here on this gallows…”(62) After this incident Wiesel could no longer believe in God. He felt that no one could believe in God when one saw innocent children die such terrible deaths.
Night tells the story of innocent people who were destroyed because they were Jews, These people had done nothing and yet were tortured, degraded, and liquidated for no reason other than they were Jews. Wiesel is a witness to all the horrible things. The death of his family, childhood, and God.
The night is a compelling book that deals with the delicate subject of the Holocaust from a first-hand perspective. Christianity does not bear historical responsibility for the Holocaust, but because of the anti-Semitism it fostered, Christianity bears moral responsibility for the supporting roles or inaction of the Christian population during the Shoah, and for the general indifference and silence of the Christian Churches.
I believe that the Holocaust tragedy indicates a general breakdown of Western civilization, and all its political and religious institutions and leadership. I believe that Holocaust Prevention is the Central issue of the Post Holocaust era. Without a doubt, Anti-Semitism was the major factor that made the Holocaust possible. Without the latent and overt Anti-Semitism Hitler, the lowly corporal, could not rise to power.
It was Anti-Semitism that cleared the conscience of the killers and onlookers alike and let them participate in the crimes. The problem is that each generation of Christian children is saturated with images of Christ the Redeemer crucified by the wicked Jews, or Judas the Traitor with his gold. Those are powerful images that are imprinted in the tender mind of a child and they last forever.
All the synoptic Bibles of the New Testament are the primary sources of Anti-Semitism. Christianity is a conservative, mystic religion, based on reverence of the past, and cannot and will not revise its basic dogma. The Church can provide a more logical explanation: The Crucifixion was the will of God, and without the Crucifixion, there would be no salvation. So how can the Jews be blamed for an event ordained by God?
We can try to stop the flow of Anti-Semitism by developing closer cultural ties. In the Middle Ages, monks believed that Jesus preached in Latin. Today, many Christians are not aware that Jesus was Jewish. Acknowledging the Jewish source of Christianity, the contributions of the Jewish carpenter, tentmaker, fishermen, can bring a change in attitudes.
I feel that the Holocaust was a terrible event and that however, we look at it we will just try to think of ways on how we could have prevented it. I think that because of Hitler it was inevitable, not because of Anti-Semitism by the Christians. Although many Christians did not try to intervene, mainly the Pope, Pius XII, we must remember that 5 million Christians were killed during the Holocaust too. We can only hope that Jews and Christians fully understand that both groups suffered a tragic blow and that we can only continue to live in peace in the future.
“Life is easier to take than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.” This quote was said by Kathleen Norris. I think that I agree with the quote, and also that the quote was not being sarcastic.
One example of this quote being true is in the book Night by Elie Weisel. When the Nazi powers began to take over the country Elie and his family didn’t “accept the impossible”. They thought they if they stayed where they were, that the whole thing would blow over.
But they were wrong. His family is sent to a concentration camp. He and his father are separated from his family, and then they are forced to do a series of tests in which he is inhumane in regular society. These tests included getting shaved, getting doused with gasoline, and staying out in the cold for hours with no clothes on. They had to “bear the intolerable”.
Another example of the quote was the move “Max and Helen”. They, just as the Weisel family, refused to “accept the impossible” and evacuate their homes before it was too late. In this movie, however, Max, Helen, and, Helen’s sister were separated from their parents and sent to a quarry where they had to work. They had to work very hard and were beaten, and they had to “bear the intolerable”.
If these families would’ve lived by the quote by Kathleen Norris, they could have saved themselves from much suffering and agony. If you can “accept the impossible”, you can just live without worrying about what’s going to happen. And if you can “bear the intolerable”, you can get through the tough times, and live for the good.
In the introductory part of this book, Elie is introduced as a teenage boy. During this period, Elie’s teacher, warned the Jewish residents about the future plan by Hitler to destroy the Jews communities.
Initially, everyone thought that the teacher was psychologically disturbed. A few months after his warning, Gestapo forced the Jewish communities into the ghettos. During the following months, more Jews were forcefully turned out of their homes into the concentration camps by the Nazi fundamentalists. During this horrifying process, Elie and his father were separated from the rest of their family.
According to the book, Elie detailed that this was the last time he had ever seen some of his family members. Through this book, Elie argued that life in the concentration camps shaped his destiny (Wiesel 7). This paper seeks to analyze Elie’s experiences in the concentration camps and focuses on how the holocaust changed his life.
The book illustrates that before the attacks on the Jewish communities, Elie spent his childhood learning Jewish religious traditions. As such, his mother taught his many Judaism teachings. After the attack, Elie’s life changed completely. According to the book, experiences in the concentration camps changed his life as a Jew and as a man (Wiesel 56). The book notes that when the Jews were forced into the concentration camps, Elie and his family remained calm and obeyed every directive from their oppressors.
During their first day in the camp, the Jews population increased with each passing hour. With an increase in the population, situations in the camp worsen. They were forced to live on minimal food and water. Further, the book provides details on the third day, when the camps were filled with horrifying flames and the stinking burnt flesh of those who had been killed by the German soldiers.
During the same day, the author’s mother and his three little sisters disappeared from the camp, and Elie and his father had an emotional trauma due to this. The author says that he continuously feared that his family members could have been killed. After losing his mother and sisters, Elie remained with his father who later died of dysentery. All through these experiences, Elie was emotionally affected.
In the camps, the Jews were physically affected by the poor living conditions. The book reveals that before the horrific experiences, the Jews were healthy. However, a few months after the attack, the Jews became emaciated. These conditions were escalated by the little food and water offered in the camps.
Elie asserts that the quality and the amount of the food they gave him in the camps made him weak. Similarly, the author attributes their change in health to the hard work conditions they endured in the concentration camps (Wiesel 24).
Before the holocaust, the author remarks that the Jews lived together in harmony and never fought against one another. However, in the concentration camps, enmity grew among the Jewish prisoners. The author attributed the enmity among the Jews to the scarcity of food in the camps. At one incident, fellow Jewish prisoners fought with Elie’s father over a plate of soup and bread. After the fight, Elie abused his neighbors disregarding them for their behaviors.
More than once, Elie had to bribe their neighbors with bread and soup so that they could leave his father in peace. With respect to these behaviors, the effect concentration camps had on the Jews’ lives is revealed. In the book, we note that it is unusual for Jewish neighbors to fight one another. However, in the concentration camps, poor living conditions and inadequate food and water led to rampant fights.
Another major effect the concentration camp had on the author and the Jews was their religion and faith. The author illustrated that before the holocaust, they believed that God was their protector. Through this perception, the Jews believed that God was always ready to punish the Jewish enemies.
Similarly, the book reveals that the Jews believed that everything that happened was attributed to God’s plans. For instance, Elie illustrated that when they heard the rumors of the planned horrific attacks against them, their rabbis consoled them asserting that God would not let anything bad happen to his people (Wiesel 46).
As a result, the Jewish community collectively believed that God was by their side and nothing bad would happen to them. However, during and after the holocaust experience many Jews doubted God. For instance, during the early days in the concentration camp, the author believed that God was testing their faith. Some Jews believed that God was punishing them for their historical wrongdoings. Despite these injustices, the book notes that the Jews’ faith in God remained firm.
As days passed by, several Jews were killed and burnt publicly. With these occurrences, the author and some Jews began to doubt their faith in God. It was not until when he saw babies being thrown into the fire by the German soldiers that the author changed his perception about God completely. Since then, he rebelled against God and religion. He was shocked that the God they had faithfully served had allowed their oppressors to undertake such horrifying deeds against His people.
To him, God had remained silent to their prayers. The book notes that at the end of the Holocaust, only a few individuals still had faith in God. Many believed that God was a cruel being. The book illustrates how the energy once spent on worshiping and praising God was transferred to cursing, challenging, condemning, and denouncing God. At the end of the book, the author questioned whether the man was God’s ally or a toy.
After being released from the concentration camp, Elie’s activities signified the effects the concentration camps had on him. In the book, it is detailed that as a young boy, Elie had never expected that one day he would be a writer. Instead, he thought that he would be a religious leader. However, the sufferings and the experiences in the concentration camps later forced him to be a writer. By being a writer, Elie has managed to detail his first-hand experience during the holocaust.
After his release from the concentration camps, we realized that the author had no interest in religious studies anymore. Later, Elie became an activist challenging human oppression and injustices. All these acts have been motivated by his experiences in the concentration camps. It is alleged that the author married a holocaust victim. Through this, we can argue that the common experience the couple shared played a key role in their union. In general, Elie’s experiences in the concentration camp shaped his destiny.
The night is a novel written from the perspective of a Jewish teenager, about his experiences as a prisoner during the Holocaust. Our teenager named Eliezer grew up in the small community of Sighet, located in Hungarian Transylvania. It’s here that Eliezer studies religion, both the Cabbala and the Torah.
At the beginning of the war, Eliezer was dedicated and absolute in his belief in God, but throughout the events of World War II, his faith slowly starts to wither away. Eliezer’s main conflict that governs the story would be sustaining his belief in God. This becomes especially hard throughout the book, as he has to face more and more challenging issues. It’s in these moments that Eliezer has lost all faith he had in humanity and religion, which he had previously learned from Moshe.
One point in the story that Eliezer questions his faith in God is when they are forced to watch the hanging of other prisoners, one time the Gestapo even hangs and kills a small child for being associated with the rebels. It seems that during this point the prisoners start to react for means of survival only, family members were turning on each other. The prisoners turn cold-hearted and cruel towards each other because now their only concern is survival.
Because of the horrific events in the concentration camp and the ever-present risk of death does Eliezer begins to lose his faith in humanity and his God. Eliezer has a tough time understanding how the world and the Gestapo can be capable of this much fury. Because his teachings tell him that God is good, and since God is everywhere the world, therefore, must be good.
Another strong theme from the book is the importance of family bonds, especially if that’s all you have left in harsh conditions. Eliezer has a hard time watching the other families interact because they no longer share a special bond of love but instead share the idea of selfishness. More than once Eliezer experiences the rupture of the bond a family shares between both the father and son.
Example #7 – interesting ideas
Examine Wiesel’s faith in God from beginning to end. He started off as a young man who loved God and believed in Him. At the camps, Wiesel was in a dilemma- he wanted to continue to believe in Him, but how can he when he was surrounded by death and destruction?
You can also look into how life at the camps made him selfish and others barbaric. There were times when Wiesel considered abandoning his own father because he thought he had a better chance of survival. He began to look at his father as a burden and he knew he had to rid himself of the burden.
Examine the relationship between Wiesel and his father and how their relationship significantly changed. At the beginning of the story, Wiesel’s father was like the patriarch not just to the family, but to the community as well. When the Germans occupied Sighet, the neighbors would seek the advice of Wiesel’s father.
At the camps, the father was still somewhat the patriarch. He advised Wiesel not to draw attention to himself and even prisoners who knew him before came to him. It was here at the camps that Wiesel and father became inseparable.
At Buna, the father was often picked on because he was not working hard enough and that he could not march in step. He was beaten pretty badly by Idek and Franek, two of the Kapos in charge.
By the time they reached Buchenwald, his father was at his wit’s end. Elie became the “patriarch” as he wouldn’t let his father die in the snow and he tried to reassure him that he will lie in a bed pretty soon. His father guilt-tripped him as he wanted water to relieve his fever. Wiesel knew that he must not drink, but he gave in because he did not want to disappoint him.
An S.S. shouted at him to be quiet, but he still kept calling Eliezer’s name. His father was killed. After the death of his father, Wiesel was completely numb and incomplete. He did not eat and he was in a zombie-like state as he did not know what was going on with him.
Talk about how at first he was really dedicated to his religion and his faith. But after a while, he started to give up on God. He saw babies being thrown out of windows and all types of people being killed in the concentration camps. He couldn’t believe that God would let that happen to innocent people. So I would describe how, over time, his faith began to diminish because of the images he saw. Also, the other people around him kept doubting God, and that influenced him to give up too.
The book Night by Elie Wiesel’s essay help?
I have to do an essay on the book Night by Elie Wiesel. My prompt is “night is about the death of the human spirit, not psychical death. discuss what could my paragraphs be about?
That’s a pretty open-ended question, you could probably discuss any event in the book and talk about how it relates to the death of the human spirit as opposed to physical death. I would recommend doing a linear analysis of some of the parts of the book that made the most impression on you, one event per paragraph, and tying them all into the theme in the prompt.
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