In Night, a non-fictional novel, Elie Wiesel, the author, recounts his experience with his father at Nazi German concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir on the Holocaust, the novel addresses the task of describing the indescribable and does it quite well, taking readers on an emotional roll coaster. The novel evokes various feelings including sadness and anger as Wiesel describes explicit details of his experiences during the Holocaust. After reading Night, I felt powerless and depressed as I reflected on my perspective of humanity. I also felt disappointed and frustrated with the details perhaps due to the fact that the details came from a true story.
Wiesel uses a lot of very detailed descriptions and expresses his feelings in a way that we easily start to trust him. He knows that this is one of the most terrible periods in the history and he tries “to help prevent history from repeating itself” (Wiesel VII). “He does not want his past to become [the children’s] future” and that is why he writes his book to be seen by the people who do not realize how poorly people were treated (Wiesel XV). These two quotes from Night show that the holocaust shouldn’t be repeated. The author shows this with all of the feelings, facts and descriptions he uses.
And he was unable to sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what would happened in Birmingham” meaning he knew that he if did not try to help Birmingham, other places would be affected too, and that is because when injustice occurs in one place, it indirectly affects people in other places as well (King paragraph 4). Martin Luther King Jr. had a well thought out, methodical plan of civil disobedience, because he knew that people who were oppressed would have bottled up anger and frustration that needed to be released another way that was not through violence, but yet through a more effective and correct way. According to Martin Luther King Jr., his methodical plan also known as a nonviolent campaign, consisted of “four basic steps: collection to the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self -purification; and direct action” (King paragraph 6) and would help the oppressed get justice. Martin Luther King Jr. states that he had already started his
In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie experiences horrific events at the hands of the Nazi Party. Opposite of what might be expected, rather than be cruel and hate the world, Elie instead takes his experiences and turns them on the positive side. He uses his tragic and horrific experiences to write the book Night and teach the world about what happened during the Holocaust. Elie’s goal was that we all remember and learn from what happened. The end result was that he won the Nobel Peace Prize for this book.
Wiesel really opens our eyes by saying “How was it possible that men, women and children were being burned and the world kept silent?” (Wiesel 32). This use of the rhetorical question gets the reader thinking about all the terror and everyday unhuman lifestyle the Jews were living. Also, the reader thinks for a second, why didn’t the world do anything, even though it was known what was going on. To wrap up, the usage of repetition and rhetorical questions really enhance the way the reader takes in the horrible time of the Holocaust. Dave Pelzer, the author of A Man named Dave, uses pathos and flashbacks to show the reader how rough his life was and is.
In the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, the main character, Equality 7-2521, changed significantly. At first, he believed in staying true to the society, but this later changed when he began to have his own ideas and thoughts. He began to see the world through his own eyes, instead of looking through the tainted eyes that the leaders of his society had given him. Throughout the book Equality 7-2521 discovered many new and different feelings. He began to fall in love with The Golden One, even though it was forbidden.
He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced. He wanted us to think about what we would have done in his place and what forgiveness means to us. After he published his book, he asked certain people to respond to the story and what they would have done in his place. Some people are Jews, some are Christians, some are young, some older, some were even part of the war. Everyone who wrote an essay was different from the rest in some way, but they all had one connection, Simon.
For example. The “swords” above the prisoners’ heads is an allusion to Damocles, an ancient Greek myth. This is selected to show the peril of individuals in dangerous situations. However, even though the situation appears grim, the old man inspires Elie to not eradicate hope, giving Elie motivation throughout the terrible tragedy. Furthermore, the author unknowingly possesses thoughts of irony during his time at the concentration camp.
Essay topics: Use details from the text to explain how human beings respond to life in a concentration camp. How do their attitudes, personalities, and behaviors change over time? The book Night by main character Elie Wiesel shows that when living is making your life stressful and hard you have to keep pushing forward. The novel is about a family going to a concentration camp called Auschwitz. Elie had to make some serious life choices, and choices about his beliefs and religion.
Elie Wiesel went through a lot as a holocaust survivor. Because he had to suffer in concentration camps, I think he should be one to know a lot about the perils of indifference. Elie Wiesel’s book Night, released in 1958 and his magnificent speech, The Perils of Indifference from 1999 both share and try to convince the audience about his main message, which is that indifference is dangerous. In his speech, he explains how indifference about others is much easier than caring about them, and so much easier to look away from victims. His book Night is a haunting tale about the horrors Jewish people experienced during World War II.