Memories are the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. Memories help shape and fold the way we live and experience certain things that occur in our lives. I believe that memories help people in their efforts to las from the past and succeed in the present.
History is the past, in other words, history are past events linked with people – the characters in Beloved and Twelve Years a Slave. History has a strong impact on the lives of people. In Beloved and the film Twelves Years a Slave, history plays a significant role in creating the stories’ contents. It is a fundamental element which is the basis for the author – Toni Morrison – and the director – Steve McQueen - to develop the stories fully. Both Beloved and Twelve Years a Slave choose history as their basis, nevertheless, its role is presented distinctly in these two works.
When reading the book “night” by Elie Wiesel, you can never be sure something is to be set in stone. Even the characters drastically change from societies previous distorted visions of a Jew to the primordial beast that dwells over the basic components of survival itself. For example, a selfless and cultured man known as Eliezer’s father is forced to adapt himself into a man so full of sorrow not even his own wife would be able to recognize him. What did this? Many may say it was the loss of God. but I believe it was the loss of hope all together. For Eliezer and his father, God was all they had ever known, not once did the thought occur that he could ever do something this horrible, or that he didn’t exist all together. While watching the
As I see it Wiesel is trying to say that when he remembers what has happened to him so far, he feels hopless. But because he remembers, he must not feel hopeless. Memory is power and it will save humanity and in this case the Jews.
One emotion that is clearly drawn out in the reader in Night is shock. experience this feeling in the following passage, which describes when Moshe the Beadle returns from being taken by the Nazis. He talks about what happened to him and the rest of the Jewish people taken. “There it stopped. The Jew had to get out and climb into lorries. The lorries drove towards the forest. The Jews were made to get out. They were made to dig huge graves. And when they finished their work the Gestapo began theirs. Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered their prisoners.” (4).This paragraph shows how brutal the Nazi soldiers were towards the Jewish prisoners, even from the very beginning. This paragraph also shows that some of the Jewish people
People endure hardships every day, but it is how they choose to react to them that is most important. One such hardship was the Holocaust, which was the murdering of millions of people at the Nazi concentration camps throughout the course of WWII. Eleven million Jews, homosexuals, and gypsies were killed during this genocide. Every survivor of these concentration camps was forced to decide between hiding or vocalizing the crimes they had seen committed, and many couldn’t find the strength to speak up. Thankfully, there were those such as Elie Wiesel, who didn’t rest. He wrote a novel about his experiences and spoke out bravely against the crimes of the Nazis. He overcame the hardships that he faced and showed courage by writing his book, Night.
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” (Bob Marley) Throughout history there are few people remembered for their integrity, for their tyranny, dishonesty, selfishness, yes, but integrity is such a rare true thing that is untouchable by those around those who possess it. It shines through the darkness. For instance, William Wilberforce, born and raised in a wealthy traditional family was involved in abolitionism,promoting education for the underprivileged, Christianity, strict uprightness and health and wellbeing of animals. Wilberforce worked from the age of 27 till his death he worked in parliament to outlaw the slave trade. Or Winston
Past, present, and future is what we are told to think about, but are we overlooking the past? We seem to get caught up in thinking about what we are doing now, and what we will be doing in ten years, but I think the most important thing is to know your past. It’s critical to understand what you, and other people’s ancestors did before. Remembrance is important to know your history and so you do not let the terrible things recur.
Memories are one of the most important parts of life, there is no true happiness without the reminiscence of pain or love. This concept is portrayed in "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. The story tells of a 12-year old Jonas, who lives in a “utopian” society, where all bad memories are destroyed to avoid the feeling of pain. Jonas becomes the receiver, someone who receives good and bad memories, and he is transmitted memories of pain and pleasure from The Giver and is taught to keep the secret to himself. The author shows one should cherish memories, whether it be good or bad, as they are all of what is left of the past, and we should learn from it as to better ourselves in the future. The characters and conflicts reinforce the idea that if you do not learn from the mistakes you have made in the past, you can repeat them.
Is life meaningless without memories?in The Giver,By Lois Lowry, Jonas lives in a perfect society but the Giver is the only one with memories of the past.The Giver helps them to remember feeling and the past. Life is meaningless without memories because they help you remember important parts of the past. Life would be boring and there would be no real relationships.
The Holocaust will always be something remembered, whether it is 10 years from now or 50, it will always have an impact. Elie Wiesel, author of the novel Night and a Holocaust survivor; shares his story of the horrors that took place from the time he was ripped away from home to arriving and surviving the death camps. While in these camps, Elie was not only ripped from his family, but away from his innocence and perspective on life itself. Including his faith in God. Anyone who has survived the camps would know seeing death all around them is something that will stick with them, no matter what. Elie Wiesel's behavior, faith, attitude, and personality all changed whilst being in these camps; he went through traumatic events; while just a teenager.
During Eliezer's captivity, many parts of him died and new parts developed in their place. In confinement, Eliezer's innocence and positive outlook towards life was diminished. In their place grew apathy and indifference. His innocence was stripped away when he was subjected to cruel punishment for doing nothing wrong. He quickly learned that not everything in life was fair. In addition to the loss of his innocence, Elie also stopped looking at life optimistically. Before the concentration camps, Elie had a naive attitude towards life that shielded him from the harsh reality of the situation. Even when he was first taken prisoner, he had hope that everything would get better soon. However, slowly the horrible conditions chipped away at his
Art Spiegelman offers a very unique point of view in his two narratives, Maus I and Maus II. In these two books, Spiegelman takes us through the life of his father Vladek and his journey during World War II in Europe. Spiegleman also confronts how post-memory has effected him through the years, even when he was growing up. These two books reflect perfectly on a survivors story using symbolism and analogy.
An airplane, when prepared to take off, must fight off one of the most well-known and permeating laws that man faces daily. As gravity pushes against the plane’s wings, its engine must churn out enough power and withstand pressure as the speedometer rises to at least one hundred and fifty five miles per hour. One of man’s greatest accomplishments; doing more than touching the sky, but standing upon it.
Looking on the Internet I came upon article that put a whole new light regarding repressed memories. Scholars like Sigmund Freud believed that repress memories have a detrimental effect on individuals’ lives. Sigmund Freud assumption of repressed memories can have a negative influence on behavior and mental health, but this article, from Time Magazine, discusses the benefits of repressed memories (Sifferlin, A, 2014).