When Simon Wiesenthal walked away from the dying SS officer who asked him, a Jew, for forgiveness, Wiesenthal questioned whether it was the right thing to do. He asked others this question, and some said that it was justified and that they might even take it to the next level and scold Karl, the SS officer, while others said that Wiesenthal should have forgiven him because it was part of their religion to forgive. Edward H. Flannery said that Wiesenthal should’ve forgiven Karl because he wasn’t asking Wiesenthal to forgive him on behalf of all Jews, but just personally. I disagree with Flannery because I believe that someone can still be angry with another person and their actions even if they were not a victim of that other person’s actions, and that there are some actions that are so horrible, like the war crimes committed by Nazis, that cannot be forgiven.
He feels as though that he is not nearly enough to represent the great loss of the Jewish population. In order to truly honor those who have perished, Wiesel believes something greater must come from it. The only way to make their deaths mean something, is for people to speak up against violence and cruelty done unto others. By repeating the phrase, “Do I have the right,” Wiesel puts emphasis on the fact that people must do more to honor the Jew’s deaths. Another example of parallelism is when Wiesel depicts the effects of not speaking up and doing the right thing.
Chief Red Jacket utilizes repetition, pathos, and rhetorical questions to convince the Americans to tolerate the religion of the Native Americans. The defense of Chief Red Jacket gave to his religion is a wonderful piece of history that does not get enough credit. Chief Red Jacket’s speech illuminates the thoughts of the Native Americans in that specific era. Today, the Native Americans and other minorities in the United States of America have been having more recognition. One of the actions that have been a little unpopular in US History is the religious
It represents the darkest hardest time in his life. As he arrives to the camp he considered ending it all because in his eyes he was going to die there anyways, he says “ Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." (32).
Elie Wiesel’s somber speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, demonstrated the harsh reality of the numerous evils harvesting in the world. The main evil though was simply indifference, or a lack of concern. As a young Jewish boy, he faced the wickedness of the Holocaust, imprisoned at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and also losing both his parents and younger sister. The speaker saw atrocious horrors and suffered for a prolonged amount of time. Why was this permitted?
He was often quoted saying the universe is a “big damn mess”, his satirical nature allowed him to laugh at the terrible things that happened to him throughout his life. While growing up in the Great Depression, he watched his father waste away and returned home from war on Mother’s Day only to find that his mother had committed suicide the night before. During this war, he was captured in Germany and survived a bombing that killed hundreds of thousands of people. After witnessing this and the devastating fate of his family, he, much like other depressed war survivors began questioning God and religion. Most likely, this is what led to him writing Cat’s Cradle.
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.
Those who commit crimes are often victims of their own feelings of guilt and shame. After realizing one’s mistake, individuals begin to feel disappointed in themselves as they comprehend where they misled themselves when making their decisions (Wright, Kim and Gudjonsson 307). At times, criminals take their regret and anger on themselves through self-harm. Oedipus had done the same when he had used a broche from his wife’s dress to stab him in his eyes, he was not able to see what acts he had committed in his life so felt that hurting his eyes would relieve his guilt (Sophocles 61). Furthermore, it has been stated that “feelings of shame in response to committing a crime have been hypothesized to impede confession” (Wright, Kim and Gudjonsson 307).
The duo kill Brett, find the suitcase and are about to leave until a man hiding inside the bathroom attempts to kill the two. Though at point blank range, the man misses all 6 shots and the pair quickly neutralize him. Jules thinks it is a sign of god that he should stop living 'the life ' (The job of being a professional killer) and quits 'the life ' hoping to maybe travel to Europe or just go with where life takes him, while realizing all the people he killed and all the destruction he lay waste to. (Pulp) This example displays the third trait of heroism because though Jules 's job is to kill people, he eventually realizes that though he collects money and nothing disastrous has happened to him or any of his loved ones, that what he is doing is wrong. He recognizes that he killed countless people and that he presumably left crying families and several other problems other people had to solve.
How could people segregate others because of a religion they didn’t understand? Nobody should ever have been treated the way they have. In the eyes of the Germans, the Nazis, and the people included on the wrong side of the holocaust, they were hungry dogs. The book “Night”, took us through the story of what happened to him, and all of the things that he went through during the holocaust. It went from the beginning to the end telling his traumatic experience.
Though some completely disregard the Law of Moses, others have thought of it as unchristian and have given the law a message of death. Moses has favorably shown a doctrine of a law that can only create death in sinners, and this doctrine should have had a better effect on people (Calvin 223). This heresy needed to be abolished or else the aim of the Mosaic Law would be distorted. The repeal of the Moral Law was mainly caused by the belief of the law as a curse. The law was believed to “condemn and destroy” sinners, but had not completed the action (Calvin 223).