Elie Wiesel was a young boy when he did survived the holocaust.. In his memoir Night, we follow his journey as a Jewish boy in a time where expressing your religion could mean life or death. Between living under the watch of Nazi regimes, trying to keep his father alive, and surviving the inhumanity of others, Elie’s had fought and lived through the genocide unlike any other. However, surviving the holocaust does not come without a price. Wiesel lived at the sacrifice of his faith and identity, which were left in fragments after the existence of evil that left a permanent scar on his life.
Weisel sates in his book on page 118, " I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget." (Weisel 118). Elie wrote this book so that the memories wouldn’t die, he wanted everybody to remember the Holocaust. He wanted to share his experiences with everyone and share how terrible and sad the Holocaust was. Before I read this book, I knew very little about the Holocaust, know after reading it and knowing what all the innocent victim went through, I feel grateful that my family and I did not have to experience the
Night and Manzanar Essay Adversity; difficulties and misfortune one might have. Adversity is apart of everyone’s daily lives, it is something that cannot truly be prevented. Two characters from two seperate books, Night by Elie Wiesel and Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki, had many difficulties and obstacles in their way, but they survived. The book Night, by Elie Wiesel is about a young boy named Elie separated from his family during the Holocaust. Elie experienced the most dramatic and horrifying events from beatings, murders, hangings, and cremations as a young boy.
For instance, Holden Caulfield calls many people throughout the novel who he feels has selfish motives “phonies.” Equivalent to Holden, Wiesel feels the need to prevent people (the “phonies”) from forgetting the Holocaust. Holden rebels against respecting widely revered people and Wiesel rebels against the progressing society. However, Wiesel’s rebellious actions are less voluntary than those of Holden. Wiesel has a sense of responsibility for justifying the deaths of the Jewish people: “We had all taken an oath: ‘If, by some miracle, I emerge alive, I will devote my life to testifying on behalf of those whose shadow will fall on mine forever and ever.” On the other hand, Holden is a rebellious teenager with a cynical perspective on the world. As stated previously, Wiesel has cynical outlooks as well.
Unable to forgive himself he goes back to Afghanistan to make things right and become good again. To forgive himself, he tries to atone for all the sins he has committed. In Rahim’s letter Amir is told tat God forgives anyone who asks for it but it is the people who have a hard time forgiving others. Baba, Amir’s father, has also committed sins and done some bad deeds. The guilt comes in the way of his life, guilt for not being able to socially accept Hassan as his son.
In examining Norman’s silence, the communication of trauma relies on a safe-space where personal trauma can be shared with a willing audience (Schick 1850). However while Norman imagines telling his story to his high school girlfriend, his father, or Max, he cannot. The sense of alienation Norman feels in the town is coupled with a perception “the town could not talk, and would not listen”, reflecting the local American perspective on Vietnam. While The Corpse Washer takes place in a war zone, once Norma returns to American, there is a divide between him and his home through the trauma of warfare (O’Brien 137). Unlike Norman who is permeated by the memory of Vietnam, notably the drowning death of Kiowa, the town “had no memory therefore no guilt” (O’Brien 137).
The audience and everyone expect Joshua in both stories experience the mood of sadness. Both stories show the love between a father/son and the things they will go through from each other. In Night, the Jews only care about themselves, unlike “Life is Beautiful” where they care for other Jews. These are two very contrasting perspectives of the same event, but both show the harshness and cruelty of the camp, so that it may never happen
Pastor Niemöller was one of the many poor souls imprisoned in the death camps of the Nazi regime, and when he emerged from the nightmares and misery of the camp, he gave a short speech about how when the Nazis came after certain groups of people, such as Jews and Communists, he did not protest because he was not one of them. He then told about how when the Nazis came for him, “there was no one left to protest” (Niemöller). After quoting Niemöller’s speech, Fisher proceeded to tell the audience that one of history’s greatest lessons is, “If you believe you are safe, you are at risk” (Fisher). Fisher teaches the audience that ignoring AIDS raises the “risk” of causing a death toll to equal that of the Holocaust. She also models part of her speech like that of Niemöller.
We know very little about Dracula and his background but we only know the little information that he tells Jonathan Harker about his ancestry, still not addressing Dracula’s personal history similar to famed heroes like the Punisher and Batman, a shadowy history. We learn that he comes from noble blood and an influential family line, adding to the power that he holds over the characters of the story. Another anti hero trait that separates itself from the others is Dracula’s lack of social interaction. He lives in exile with seemingly little interaction with people as noted by Jonathan Harker. Harker remarks in his journal entries that he has yet to see anyone other than the Count in the castle.
Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.