Some viewed their time in a labor camp as a test of their faith. They believed if they stuck with God through such suffering, that they were truly dedicated to the Jewish religion. The book, Night, is a great testament to this. Elie Wiesel’s time in the camp may have weakened his faith, but a number of his fellow Jews were strengthened by the whole experience. The idea of God punishing the Jewish
Gene hated that he never was like Finny, so he started to acting and do things that Finny did. That caused a lot of jealousy, guilt, and self-destruction from throughout the relationship that Gene and Finny had. Even through Gene’s envy and imitation effected his relationship with Finny, he still managed to find peace within everything that happened. Throughout A Separate Peace, Gene found peace within himself and within his relationship with Finny. The first reason this is so is because he (Gene) realizes that Finny isn’t the enemy after all.
For instance, Elie Wiesel states “Rooted in our tradition, some of us felt that to be abandoned by humanity then was not the ultimate. We felt that to be abandoned by God was worse than to be punished by Him.” Considering humanity has given up on them and saying being abandoned by God is ultimately the worst punishment than being punished by God himself. Elie Wiesel describes how he feels being in the camp as a prisoner and questioning his faith if he will ever be relieved from the camp in which he resides. Elie Wiesel also states “He was finally free, but there was no joy
People just follow religion without thinking. Twain describes religion as shallow and hypocritical because the people go to church and act like good people but they do not do what religion wants them to
Over the course of the book, Eli changes from a believer in God living in bearable conditions to someone who has become profane because of the situation he’s been put in. This is important to the book as a whole because it connects to the theme of optimism. The change is apparent when life isn’t going in Eli’s favor, and the life of his father is taken away from him. Deep inside he feels a sign of relief but guilt at the same time. Eli spends a lot of time praying showing that he is religious.
His desire to be with Liberty 5-3000 or become a scholarly scientist or even just be alone in the tunnel shows that he is far more content with himself than conforming to those around him or the laws set around him. His reference to himself as a transgressor and a sinner is due to the fact that although he feels confident enough to stand for what he believes in and do what he wants he stills feels a sense of guilt for not abiding by the laws around him. The laws that were set around him are set for a reason and purpose, therefore he feels guilt and remorse when he does not abide by them. For example when he was down in the tunnel alone when he was not supposed to be it calmed him and made him happy that he was there and able to sneak away alone however he felt a sense of evil. He writes and thinks alone in the tunnel but he knows it is evil what he is doing and the harsh reality is that he will be punished if
He displays the tendency of an introverted Pragmatist with the Thinker preferences. Therefore, it takes him very long and requires several opinions laid out by other Jurors to change his mind from ‘guilty’ to ‘not guilty’. At the same time, he was firm and unafraid to stand up for himself once he changed his vote. He is sympathetic towards the boy as he grew up in the slum himself which caused him to disagree with Juror 3 numerous time. Therefore, his own upbringing in the slum makes him more knowledgeable about how the boy could have handled the switchblades and also the traits of living in the slum in
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
Examples of this maturation are shown when he explains, "It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all" (284). Our view of the story changes as well when we notice that Grady 's life of adventure and experiences turns into tragedy and misfortune. His life is more about loss than accomplishment to the point where his life is an ultimate failure. By the conclusion of this story Grady has undergone a complete change. First person point of view used by McCarthy has ended up being a very successful way of telling the story.
It discovered man’s inhumanity to man. The guards and prisoners were cruel to others, especially the new prisoners. The punishments were unreasonably harsh, even to tiny faults. Finally, men do not care how old, weak or strong someone is, resulting in the children picking up mean and harsh habits towards