Manzanar Vs Night Essay

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World War II ruined the lives of many people all across the world, and each person’s experience affected them in different ways. Both characters lost something, but the loss that Elie experiences is more than anything that a student reading the book could comprehend. The the events in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel in comparison to Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki are considerably more tragic, but each event had massive effects on the lives of those affected. Jeanne and Elie began in a community with their family and friends, living a normal life, but they had very different experiences when being removed from the only place that they’ve ever known. “The name Manzanar meant nothing to us when we left Boyle Heights. We didn’t know where it was or what it was. We went because the government ordered us to. And, in the case of my older brothers and sisters, we went with a…show more content…
“My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was nothing but ashes now” (Wiesel 68). God was humanity for Elie, his faith meant everything to him, so when he lost his faith he felt his life had lost purpose. He truly felt alone in the world without God there to guide him, he was more damages by his loss of faith than anything else that happened to him. “During the years in camp I had never really understood why we were there, nor had I questioned it much” (Wakatsuki 158). Jeanne really was not damaged by the camps, at least not in such an obvious way as Elie, what affected her more was everything that happened as she grew up outside Manzanar. She was too young to know what the camps really meant, she still had her faith in humanity because she saw no reason to lose it. Both Elie and Jeanne were greatly affected by what happened to them, but Elie truly lost everything to the
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