Borowski’s disturbing account depicts the atrocities of victims-turned-executioner. Borowski’s This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen increases the horrors of the Holocaust by depicting an endless cycle of suffering caused by the victims, victimizing each another. Within Auschwitz, the differences between the victims and perpetrators were frequently blurred; the biggest difference was merely the way one suffered, as all the prisoners at concentration camps were victims. Some “lucky” victims were at less of a risk than others at the price of helping the Nazis, although for the fear of their own life they did not get much choice in the matter. In Borowski’s story, these prisoners were wealthy and referred to as “Canadians”; the Canadians were
However, through their own good deeds and the deeds of their adoptive sons, everything works out in the end. All of the evil is banished, even though neither Hrothgar nor Dumbledore are around when this happens; Dumbledore is killed by his trusting nature while Hrothgar passes on from old age before Beowulf’s quest is finished. Heroic father figures can be seen throughout literature, anywhere one looks. The trick is finding someone real, who has flaws and makes mistakes, but still cares for their “son.” Dumbledore and Hrothgar both represent this unique character, and are both heroes in their
His character is a kind of warning to the protagonist showing a bright example what will become with Rodion if he does not obey the voice of his own conscience and wants to live with the crime done not redeemed by suffering. In this character Dostoevsky reveals the depth of the moral fall of a human being. Thus, it is Svidrigailov who is the most dangerous for Raskolnikov, as he constantly reassures the protagonist that they are the same. Nevertheless, Rodion tries to get rid of this terrible man but unsuccessfully. Apparent similarity of the major character and his “twin” may be brightly noticed, as the author shows the relation to other people and to themselves.
While the author nor the speaker were Jewish, “This Way for Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen” allows readers to experience a bystander effect, so to speak. The speaker is powerless against the Nazi SS soldiers, and often during a crisis, if a person is surrounded by others, they wait for someone else to take charge and handle the situation. The speaker knows he will die if he challenges the Nazis, so he helplessly looks on in the hopes that someone else will end this madness. The author shares this story in order to stop the bystander effect, and empower people to prevent this if it happens again. There have been many genocides in history, and humanity (the people, but also the concept) will not survive unless we prevent another from happening.
After the war Nazis were evil people who were mostly taken to trial to be killed, jailed, or released unless they got away to another unknown country (www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NAZIS:CHAP1.HTM). After the Germans had realized what a horrible thing they were doing, they had a war in which they all wanted the Nazis destroyed. Hundreds of Nazis were taken to trial, and the worst of them were put to death. However some of the Nazis weren’t as lucky as these before the real German police the Germans got hold of some Nazis and took
Identity in World War II was an essential part of why Hitler chose a particular type of person to kill off. Someone’s identity singles them out and causes them to be hurt since they are different from the Aryans. Now, people are celebrated for their different identities and not killed for it. After Stopthief, Jack had his second identity, Misha
Sir Gawain’s faults can be a constant reminder of the mistakes we all make as humans along with the quote, “It is clear then that there can be no redemption without fault, just as one is unable to return from exile without first being sent into one. One’s worth is only so much greater after a return from a fall, since if one is flawless, one has nothing to gain and therefore nothing
That shows how strict the Nazis were on the Jews and how they put the fear of death in them to intimidate them. This is also a technique to keep them in the camps so that they would be too scared to even try to leave. The Nazis believed that they were the dominant race and that they needed to rid the world of any other race or a lesser race according to them. The way they planned on riding the world of these races is by fire or by toxic gasses. And that breaks article three which states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and
George Orwell most likely tied in radio propaganda because of his first-hand experience with it. “The “two minute hate” focuses on generating hatred of the enemies of the party, particularly “Goldstein,” a man described as having a “lean Jewish face”. Orwell is clearly paralleling Hitler’s use of the German Jews as the national scapegoat.” (Bauer, Page 2). Orwell wanted to prove that a Totalitarian Government is an evil thing and he wanted his reader’s to see the extend that Winston went through just to fight his
While studying Nazi war criminals in the World War II, Hannah Arendt discovered that Eichmann, who was sentenced to death for devising egregious methods for massive Jews execution, was in fact a passive receptor of authoritative orders from the Nazi regime. She proclaimed the concept of “banality of evil”, noting that “There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking in itself is dangerous.” Such fickle and even potentially dangerous orientation of humanity is well demonstrated in An Essay on Man, where Alexander Pope illustrates the constantly errant and confused nature of human. Similarly, in Miguel Cervantes’s Don Quixote, the foolish protagonist Don Quixote shows how men may often fail to notice the absurdity and errors in certain actions. Here, exploration of the similarities and differences between two pieces and search for relevant contemporary examples may reveal how two works effectively characterize the faults and flaws that humans fail to learn from and constantly commit. In An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope characterizes men as inherently bemused beings who will continuously commit numerous errors.
“The first concentration camps were made to detain people without trial, usually under harsh conditions.” (www.theholocaustexplained.org) The Nazis did this because they discriminate and hate the Jews. “German authorities established camps to handle the masses of people arrested as alleged subversives.” (www.ushmm.org) Germany blamed the Jews for their loss of World War I. “Concentration camps held two purposes, these purposes were to demoralize and dehumanize the prisoners.” (www.owlspace-ccm.rice.edu) The Nazis tortured them and made them break on the inside. It was sad to be taken to a concentration camp because it meant that it was the end of your life.
Eliezer is painfully honest. He reveals how much the concentration camp had changed him. Wiesel emphasizes the point that the holocaust impacted others to the point where they were content with death. He wanted others to know that no one should ever have to endure a terrifying situation like the holocaust or even have the thought about choosing death instead of living. World War II affected Wiesel immensely, where he thought that surrendering his life is the only option left since he was tired from all the hardships that the Nazis inflicted on the him and the Jews.