Human Resilience In Elie Wiesel's Night

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The power of human resilience is reflected by how Elie Wiesel remains humane throughout the tragedy of the Holocaust, as expressed in Night. Over the course of the book, Elie shows how he survives the tyrannical reign of Hitler and the Nazis in the camps, with his growth as a person, his resilience against inhuman actions and his survival.These are just a few examples, each being a significant factor to his life, and important to the story. Elie Wiesel shows his growth as a person during the holocaust, one thing that he does is maintain his morals and does not let how he was treated effect that. Elie had death on his mind more times than one, but never did he act upon them or cave in, “If I was going to kill myself, this was the time… I gathered all that remained of my strength in order to break rank and throw myself onto the barbed wire. Deep down, I was saying goodbye to my father, to the whole universe…” (33-34). Elie quickly relieves himself of these thoughts, retreats to the barracks and continues to show his adaptation to this new world. He shows that he will…show more content…
He represents the strength that some had during this time, no matter how bad things got for him. Near the end, his father ends up dying and is taken away to the crematorium, “Then I had to go to sleep. I climbed into my bunk, above my father, who was still alive...I woke up at dawn on January 29. On my father’s cot there lay another sick person” (112). When Elie realises he is gone, he does not cry, but does feel inner pain, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears” (112). By not expressing his pain, he demonstrates one of the ways he learned during this time that would get him to survive, he had to keep himself pulled together. Surviving doesn’t just mean that he was one of the lucky few to make it out alive, it also means that he was also very
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