Before the times of War World II Adolf Hitler rose power because of the dissatisfaction from the German community. His influence and power built up it began to spread to a national level; he decided it was necessary to exterminate all of the Jews. The Holocaust left quite the scar in the world's memories as an extremely barbaric event in history. There are not many pieces of work that can come close to illustrating the horror that occurred during this time; however, writers such as Eliezer Wiesel and Roberto Benigni have helped build a fairly clear picture of these dark times. With these works readers have the ability to face the facts and understandings of human nature around such an important time of mankind’s history. Wiesel's own account, …show more content…
‘Night’ delivers a feeling of despair and hopelessness, specifically describing the actions of those in fear and desperation. These actions show the rotten and selfish side of humans; with this they are capable of finding justification within anything. A pronounced example of this side of mankind is shown when farmers toss food inside the carriages, this allowed the Nazi’s to find entertainment in them murder each other over the food. Right after this incident another example is demonstrated when a son kills his own father for a piece of bread. The novel explains the removal of not only materialistic possessions, but feelings as well. This is reinforced when the reader sees the actions that occur during the time of Eliezer’s thoughts. On the other hand, ‘Life is Beautiful’ takes on a much more loving and carefree feeling throughout. The movie displays a beautiful example of human kindness in the worst of situations, much to the contrary of ‘Night’. Guido and his son spent a lot of time in the concentration camps. Regardless of Guido's own starvation, he provides more food for his son whenever he is hungry. Guido even goes so far as to convince his young son that this whole entire camp is just a game. Given these points it is evident that the tone of ‘Night’ and ‘Life is Beautiful’ are oppose each other, however they both convey the trepidation of the …show more content…
Some may disagree and state that this difference may come because of the difference in age between the sons, the movie ‘Life is Beautiful’ purposefully makes the son more ignorant and naive. All things considered, it is still best described that ‘Night’ displays a stronger instinct of survival as well as the fact that in such extreme times relationships aren't as closely considered. A prime sample is realized when, in ‘Night’, Rabbi Eliahu's own son decides to abandon him because he is fearful that his father will only hold him back. This is revealed in the quote, "He had seen him. And he continued to run in front, letting the distance between them become greater."(Wiesel, 1956, p. 116) In comparison Guido refuses to give in to the tasks the Nazi's give him, instead he invents a game for his son in order to palliate his worry. The game is quite simple in the fact that as long as Giosué obeys what he is told he will gain points and if he gains the most points he will win a tank. In the case of Eliezer in ‘Night’ he is continuously exemplified as someone whom is always conflicted within himself. The squabble is noticed when he thinks, "Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son did."(Wiesel, 1956, p. 116) Thus the audience understands that Eliezer believes he is taking on the onus of taking care of his father. In either case it can
The book night is about a kid named Elie and his father in the As concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald . Elie survives the concentration camps , he leaves behind his own innocence and is haunted by the death and violence he has saw. A few months before the concentration camps are invaded by Allied soldiers , Eliezer’s father dies . When reading Night it is evident that inhumanity
The memoir ‘Night’ provides a feeling of darkness and emptiness, displaying the actions that people take when in fear and despair. These actions are shown clearly when the farmers throw food inside the cattle carts that the prisoner are riding in, in order to get a good show of them act like savages as they murder each other for a slice of bread. Right after another example is shown when a son kills his own father over a piece of bread. The memoir also displays a stripping of not only physical property, but of their humanity as well. Overall the mood of night is best described as desperate and tragic.
In Night, the father and son relationship was one of a child taking on the roles the father could no longer do; whereas, in "Life is Beautiful" Guido cares for his son. In respect to the concept of sadness, Elie experienced the sadness of Auschwitz first-hand, which is contrasted by Joshua remaining naïve for the duration of his imprisonment. Lastly, is the theme of self-preservation which in Elie's case drove the inmates mad as they would have rather killed each other than help each other; however, in "Life is Beautiful" in spite of these same conditions, the inmates stood together to help a little boy. These two portrayals of the tragedy of the Holocaust go to show how perspective is the greatest tool to either defying or becoming victim to one's
“We were coming closer and closer to the pit, from which an infernal heat was rising. Twenty more steps. If I was going to kill myself, this was the time” (Wiesel 33). Elie Wiesel, author of Night had been face to face with death more times than he can count. All of this he witnesses as Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps.
The human condition is a very malleable idea that is constantly changing due to the current state of mankind. In the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, the concept of the human condition is displayed in the worst sense of the concept, during the Holocaust of WWII. During this time, multiple groups of people, most notably European Jews, were persecuted against and sent to horrible hard labor and killing centers such as Auschwitz. In this memoir, Wiesel uses complex figurative language such as similes and metaphors to display the theme that a person’s state as a human, both at a physical and emotional level, can be altered to extreme lengths, and even taken away from them, under the most extreme conditions.
It is a common assumption among numerous people in the world that the Holocaust never existed. In fact, almost fifty percent of the world population never even heard of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel helped people around the world learn about the Holocaust through his book “Night.” He wanted people to see the bravery, courage, and guilt of the Jews through his book. “Night” shows the horrific and malicious acts in the German concentration camps during the Holocaust.
Humanity takes form in many different ways throughout o society. Many argues that society does not have any humanity, but they are very mistaken. Humanity is very common in society people just show it in different ways this can go from helping someone to just being there for one another. Humanity can be shown through safety,hope, and reuniting people.
In which millions of Jews were innocently killed and persecuted because of their religion. As a student who is familiar with the years of the holocaust that will forever live in infamy, Wiesel’s memoir has undoubtedly changed my perspective. Throughout the text, I have been emotionally touched by the topics of dehumanization, the young life of Elie Wiesel, and gained a better understanding of the Holocaust. With how dehumanization was portrayed through words, pondering my mind the most.
Wiesel changes vastly throughout the book, whether it is his faith in God, his faith in living, or even the way his mind works. In the beginning of his memoir, Wiesel appeared to be faithful to God and the Jewish religion, but during his time in concentration camps, his faith in God wavered tremendously. Before his life was corrupted, he would praise God even when he was being transferred to Auschwitz, but after living in concentration camps, he began to feel rebellious against his own religion. In the book, Elie
Night Critical Abdoul Bikienga Johann Schiller once said “It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons”. But what happens when the night darkens our hearts our hearts? The Holocaust memoir Night does a phenomenal job of portraying possibly the most horrifying outcomes in such a situation. Through subtle and effective language, Wiesel is able to put into words the fearsome experiences he and his father went through in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. In his holocaust memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel utilizes imagery to show the effect that self-preservation can have on father son relationships.
“I realized that he did not want to see what they were going to do to me. He did not want to see the burning of his only son”(42). When Eliezer arrives at Auschwitz, the separation of his family puts an emotional toll on his father since he realizes that only him and Eliezer are still alive. This will be a catalyst to their relationship becoming stronger as they endure more together. Elie Wiesel, the author of the novel Night writes his own personal accounts of experiencing the Holocaust through the character Eliezer.
The Holocaust can be called one of the darkest sides and the biggest tragedies of the human civilization. There are many different stories and experiences that recap what happened in the camps. Each one is unique from the next, but also shares similarities with in each other. There are two stories that interest many people and have similarities and differences. In the novel Night and in the movie "Life is Beautiful", the Holocaust was experienced both similarly and differently through the mood of sadness, father/ son relationship, and self-preservation.
Night and “Life is Beautiful” are both similarly fantastic works, however, it is their differences that make them stand out. In order to form a greater understanding of the topics presented, the hoi polloi of the world must indulge in both of these medias. References Life is Beautiful [Motion picture on DVD]. (2000). Miramax Home Entertainment.
This fact is no different for Night and “Life is Beautiful.” In nature “Life is Beautiful” is more lighthearted because it is seen through the view of child. Joshua remembers his time at the camp as a game so naturally his memories are going to be less tainted. The case is sadly different with Eliezer. In Night, Eliezer describes every pain staking detail of his experience at Auschwitz.