In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl tells the very personal story of his experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. He presents this story in the form of an essay in which he shares his arguments and analysis as a doctor and psychologist as well as a former prisoner. This paper will review Frankl’s story as well as his main arguments, and will evaluate the quality of Frankl’s writing and focus on any areas of weakness within the story. Summary This section contains a summary of Man 's Search. Frankl begins his book by stating that his purpose in writing the book is not to present facts and details of the Holocaust, but to provide a personal account of the everyday life of a prisoner living in a concentration camp.
Starvation, death, anti- semitism, mistreatment, pain, forced labor, abuse -- all are situations Jewish people had to experience How did prisoners endure such hardships? Was it better to focus on one’s own survival or to work together to survive? In the memoir Night and the movie Schindler’s List, director Steven Spielberg and author Elie Wiesel explore this idea. They explore this idea by showing Jews helping other Jews to live and survive during the horrors of the Holocaust in Night and Schindler’s List. In the movie Schindler’s List, the director showed how Jews were helpful to other Jews by depicting many men helping others.
Despite describing his father as cold, Elie and his father stick together through it all, to his father 's last breath. Even though their sufferings were horrible their relationship improved because before becoming prisoners, they did not spend much time together. Elie is mostly focusing on his religious studies and his father on community meetings. Once they go to the concentration camps their relationship improves and they live mostly for one another. When father and son are taken from their home, they experience harsh conditions in the camps.
The works, Night, by Elie Wiesel, Life in a Nazi Concentration Camp, by Don Nardo, and "Auschwitz Concentration Camp", by Franciszek Piper, describe the conditions of these camps from multiple survivors ' viewpoints. Survival for Jews in Nazi Concentration Camps was seemingly impossible because prisoners experienced hard labor, violence, and starvation on a daily basis. In the book, Life in a Nazi Concentration Camp, author Don Nardo, used diaries, letters, and other forms of personal writings from those who lived through WWII and the Holocaust. These artifacts, depict different experiences in many different Nazi concentration camps and how these camps impacted prisoners ' lives. The main themes of this book were survival and inhumanity.
Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. It is the ability to bounce back, no matter if it 's an object or person. As Margaret Thatcher said, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” In the book, Night, by Elie Wiesel, a young Elie Wiesel and his family are taken from their hometown, Sighet, and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. In this book, Wiesel relives and tells the horrors and nightmares of what his friends, family, and himself went through while in the camps. In the book, Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, we learn the story of Joe Rantz and his struggle in past and his present life, where he fights for a spot on the Washington Olympic Rowing Team and fights to win the Olympics.
Night by Elie Wiesel is a book about a boy and his family being deported to concentration camps and going through very rough experiences. Not unlike many writers, Wiesel takes his pieces and expresses them through emotions or words. These words and/or expressions help the reader feel what the character in the book is feeling. The ways Wiesel expresses the way Elie feels is through imagery, literary devices, and first person point of view. Elie Wiesel uses Imagery to express the character’s thoughts and feelings by explaining in great detail parts of a book to make the reader picture a scene or image.
Tadeusz Borowski’s This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen is undoubtedly one of the most captivating and fascinating pieces of Holocaust literature. As a privileged prisoner at Auschwitz, Borowski offers a unique perspective of life inside the camp. Assuming the role of a “kapo”, Borowski describes a first hand account of the atrocities committed by the Nazis; he details the treatment of many different prisoners. Though he is a privileged prisoner, Borowski does not facilitate the atrocities committed by his captors. It is clear, Kapo Tadeusz absolves himself from the murderous functions of the Nazis in order to stay alive, both by his dissociation from the atrocities and his exploitation of the system.
In life, people can endure adversities through the aid of the people around them. Wiesel and Houston both reveal this truth among their own passages. In Night, a teen, named Elie, is in a concentration camp and is helped by other characters to surpass the difficulties he faces. Similarly, in Farewell to Manzanar, a Japanese mother and her family are forced to go to an internment camp, where many people help her defeat her challenges. Both Elie and the mother help to prove a common theme between the two passages.
‘I was captured by the Faust Militia on December 13th 1943,’ so begins the testimonial narrative of If This is a Man which details the author, Primo Levi’s, imprisonment within Auschwitz; 1943-1944. In this essay by drawing from Levi’s account of his experiences and survival, I intend to present a discussion of the nature of testimony to traumatic events, how this relates and interplays with ideas of survival, witnessing and finally, of how such a relationship is portrayed through literature as literature. It must be said with analysis of Levi’s testimony If This is a Man, that the text in and of itself is a narrative; a written account of connected events, and furthermore a victim’s narrative which details his and others brutal imprisonment at the time of the Holocaust. Levi’s writing of his
Frankl, the author describes the day-to-day brutality and humiliation in the Nazi concentration camps that robbed many prisoners of their self-worth and humanity. He talks about his own strive to retain a sense of meaning even in the face of such unpleasant situation. Frankl did so basically by concentrating on his wife and on his work which with great hope, to resume after he left the concentration camp. Frankl’s message in this book is primarily one of hope, as he seeks to encourage us to find meaning in life and suffering even in the most miserable, absurd and dehumanizing