How could she consider this absurd notion after the consternation she underwent? It is not inconceivable that one would forgive suffering and death by the hands of man and call them unadulterated? This is exactly what Anne Frank did. Anne Frank, engulfed with insufferable trials, still speculated that optimism was essential to surviving such atrocious acts. This is proved by her writing, "If we begin thinking of all the horror in the world, we're lost!"
We can first talk about when the gravediggers or clowns were talking about the Christian burial. “And the more pity that great folk should have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves more than their even Christian.” (V, i, 26-29)This was important for Shakespeare to include because it was very important to the Roman Catholic religion back in the Elizabethan era that the religion was always kept in order and that everyone was put where they needed to be when they reached the end of their life. Another moment was when Hamlet was watching King Claudius praying for forgiveness and Hamlet had to make the decision on whether or not to kill Claudius in this moment or if he should wait for a better chance then right after he gained forgiveness. “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.” (III, i, 83-85). This was important to include because it showed the thoughts that the characters were having when deciding what actions to take.
For example, people can best respond to conflict by passively resisting because of legacies, hope, and survival. First, Passive resistance is beneficial because it insures your legacy. For example in “The Diary of Anne Frank” Anne Frank wrote in her diary every day. This diary was written during the Holocaust. She kept this diary the whole time she was in hiding.
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.
Wiesel brings out syntax for the ending of his speech but also incorporates pathos wrapping it all back together with the sadness and pity on all of us for the harmful silence done to the jews in the holocaust. Syntax was the most obvious rhetorical device used because you can physically see how it is being presented differently than the rest but also sending a message and not being so formal about it. Pathos was a very huge part to Wiesel’s whole entire speech as he was constantly trying to turn everyones thoughts and perspectives to what he was exactly seeing in his own eyes. Elie Wiesel wanted to show the world the horrible act of indifference and how it has personally affected him as a child and for his whole life growing up. Wiesel manages to create many viewpoints and to throw us in his shoes for us to understand the inhumanity of the ones had no sympathy towards the jews during the holocaust.
For instance, Holden Caulfield calls many people throughout the novel who he feels has selfish motives “phonies.” Equivalent to Holden, Wiesel feels the need to prevent people (the “phonies”) from forgetting the Holocaust. Holden rebels against respecting widely revered people and Wiesel rebels against the progressing society. However, Wiesel’s rebellious actions are less voluntary than those of Holden. Wiesel has a sense of responsibility for justifying the deaths of the Jewish people: “We had all taken an oath: ‘If, by some miracle, I emerge alive, I will devote my life to testifying on behalf of those whose shadow will fall on mine forever and ever.” On the other hand, Holden is a rebellious teenager with a cynical perspective on the world. As stated previously, Wiesel has cynical outlooks as well.
Joanne McCarthy has reinforced this concept in her Magill’s Choice: Holocaust Literature where she writes “Innocence died in the camps…the child of faith was journeying from mysticism to anger and doubt of God’s justice” (1), attributing Wiesel’s loss of faith to the death of his innocence. By doing so and making such a point, Wiesel provides the readers with a glimpse of the horrors of the holocaust, appealing to the reader’s pathos and getting them to empathize with the characters in his
When I was younger, my parents taught me the difference between forgiving and forgetting. I believe that one can forgive without forgetting. When thinking about forgiveness, the first thing that comes to mind is the quote, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. Do me wrong the first time and I will forgive you, however, I will not forget what you did so that you cannot fool me again. During the Holocaust, Eva Mozes Kor, another holocaust survivor, shared a similar experience to the one of Simon Wiesenthal.
In “Resistance during the Holocaust”, Jewish people kept their human dignity by showing the Nazis that they were no different from them. In “The Diary of Anne Frank”, Anne’s legacy survived and we still know her story today. Alos, her family also kept hope that the war would end and peace would come back. Although many used active resistance to fight the Germans, passive resistance seemed to do just as much. It created a sense of human dignity, better survival, and
The refugees in this case were the Jews. In the title “Refugee Blues”, “blues” is mentioned. Blues was a sad slow music which consisted of three line stanza and a lot of repetition for example “old passports can 't do that my dear old passports can 't do that.” The effect and purpose of these repetitions is for the poet to force the reader to linger on any points he feels are important, hence making a longer lasting impact on the reader. In this case repetition is used to regularly insinuate a sense of desperation and isolation. In addition to this, the first two lines of the stanza rhyme.