Elie Wiesel's Night, 12 Angry Men, And The Theme Of Compassion

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Compassion should have little to no boundaries. In almost every great story there is a specific character or a group of characters that help the protagonist because they feel bad for them. Compassion is also an important aspect of a functioning society; therefore, Elie Wiesel’s Night, 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose, and the generosity of spirit shown by average citizens after the recent shooting in Las Vegas are all perfect examples of the importance of compassion. There are a handful of important examples of compassion in Night; however, certain parts illustrate the concept best. To begin, in part six; Elie tries to encourage Zalman to keep walking during the march to Gleiwitz, in fear of them being killed. When Zalman got a cramp in his stomach, and fell to his knees, Elie tried to pull him up; nevertheless, it didn’t work and Zalman was trampled. Elie’s actions could’ve resulted in his own death by an SS officer, but he still went out of his way to try and help a person in need. Next, in part four, a Polish boy named Juliek plays the violin that he chose to bring in the cramped barracks. He risked his life to play Beethoven even though the prisoners weren’t allowed to play or sing German music. Playing this music was the last thing he did before he died; as a result, he put all of his soul into this moving piece and spent his final moments trying to bring beauty back into the lives of other prisoners. Finally, in part four of Night, Idek beats Elie and a random French

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