Two extremely differentiating documents of the Holocaust relay to their audience unlike tones, yet similar purposes. Both authors use specific writing tolls to share their insightful information about the Holocaust with their audience. Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen, concerns the inexplicable the inexplicable dehumanization of people in death camps. The fact that she is a Jew in real life contributes to the tone of compassion through pure demoralization. However, Peter Fischl poem, “To The Little Boy Standing With His Arms Up,” has a tone of regret, ignorance, and what it is to be a bystander, Both authors have a universal message.
Also near the middle of the book, Wiesel reflects on the faith of other Jews in the face of these events, saying that “some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray...I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (45). It is apparent here that the effect of the Holocaust on the Jewish people’s faith was delayed on some level. Elie refuses to pray to the God that apparently abandoned him. This is personified when he says he doubts that God has absolute justice.
After writing this research paper I finally have some understanding as to why he did what he did. His hatred stems deep within himself and his beliefs. His undoubted devotion to his religion also plays a big role in his disdain for the US. Bin Laden’s moral and societal views are so different from the US. Many of the US’s morals are considered wrong and immoral to Bin Laden.
Today, reincarnation and the everlasting presence of one’s soul is an esoteric belief present in modern Kabbalah (Judaic mysticism). Similar to that present in both Plato’s story and Cicero’s legend, the explanation stems from the desire to answer life’s biggest questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” and“Why do innocent children die young?”. All three agree that in order to benefit from the life you have been given, one must in turn better the world they live in and indulge themselves in studies beyond those which are bound to the earth. Both Jewish mysticism and Plato claim that those souls who die young do as punishment for poor behavior in a past life and an inability to change for the better (Dobuv, 2009). The Kabbalistic term for transmigration of souls (in Latin “animas”) is in Hebrew “gilgul” meaning wheel or cycle.
Antony is Julius Caesar's right hand man and also gets in power by after Caesar is killed. After Brutus gave Antony permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral he decided to use that to his advantage at convince the people to go against Brutus using a pathos. This was a much better approach to the situation then Brutus who used gravitas and logos. Antony was trying to use a more relatable and empathetic approach to his speech and he was also trying to explain that Caesar cared about his people. He did this by saying that “when the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.” (100,123).
Wiesel is able to use pathos by telling the story of his childhood, which therefore amplifies the use of emotion in the crowd. “We felt that to be abandoned by God was worse than to be punished by Him. Better an unjust God than an indifferent one. For us to be ignored by God was a harsher punishment than to be a victim of His anger...”. When Wiesel presents his childhood memories the crowds’ atmosphere takes an explicit change from being condescending to apologetic.
In the book “The Sunflower”, Simon Wiesenthal, who was the author, was one of the victims of the Holocaust. Within this book, Wiesenthal presents his readers with his problem of whether or not to forgive the disgraceful delinquencies of one of the dying Nazi soldiers. Wiesenthal asks, “Was my silence at the bedside of the dying Nazi right or wrong? This is a profound moral question that challenges the conscience of the reader of this episode, just as much as it once challenged my heart and mind” (Wiesenthal, 97-98). Before the reader can answer the authors question on whether he was right or wrong, you must ask yourself what the true meaning of forgiveness is and to what extent someone should be forgiven.
Brutus used ethos ineffectively in his funeral speech to establish his credibility amongst the Plebeians and demonstrate that he had the right to speak. He and the other conspirators had just murdered Caesar, so they had to come out to justify their actions. Brutus came out to speak to the Plebeians, and he used ethos to make himself reliable and worthy of speaking to his audience. Brutus said, “Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe”(III.ii.15-17). “Mine honor” referred to the fact that Brutus was a well-regarded and honorable Senator, and also a descendent of people who paved the way for the republic.
Schindler’s List uses ethos, logos, and most of all pathos depict a view of the holocaust. Ethos is used in Schindler’s List because how we think about the holocaust and what we feel about the holocaust can define us. Pathos are shown in Schindler’s List because it is about a tragic and sad time in history, the movie shows some of the terrible things that happened during the holocaust which might make you feel anger or hate for those responsible for what happened during holocaust or who did nothing to put an end to the holocaust. Also, the film may make you sad and sympathize with the victims of the holocaust. The use of logos is seen in Schindler’s List because the film contains facts and events from the Holocaust in
Many consider bystanders to be as guilty as perpetrators for not doing or saying anything in a time of crisis. Such was the case for the Holocaust. Bystanders during the Holocaust consisted of the civilians and countries who chose to distance themselves from what was really happening, instead choosing to justify the situation, or just not think of it. Many people rationalized, that the idea of self preservation was much more important than sacrificing oneself for the greater good. People also held a sense of indifference towards the suffering of the Jewish people.
During Elie Wiesel’s time in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, he was met with the sentiment, “Forget where you came from; forget who you were. Only the present matters.” German forces at concentration camps echoed this sentiment to many persecuted ethnic Jews, attempting to shed their last shred of individuality. Elie Wiesel did not follow the words of his oppressors. Instead, Elie learned the importance of memory, despite the repeated attempts at stripping away his identity. Elie Wiesel’s writing has imparted the value of retaining individual memory with me.