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Selfishness In The Film 'Jakob The Liar'

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Imagine this; let's go back in time to a not so happy place, a time where people are overworked, hungry, and beaten to death. One may ponder what does it really mean to be selfish and here is what most people believe it means. To be selfish means to put oneself before others, look after oneself before one would look out for others but this will not be the best tactic to survive. One may say that being selfish is only caring about himself and being self-interested or self-seeking but those characteristics will not be helpful when trying to survive the Holocaust. Survivors of massive genocides around the world needed to survive the Holocaust but the SS officers made it seemingly impossible so the Jews chose to be selfish then they had a better…show more content…
As demonstrated when Martha came to see them, she wanted the Wiesel family to go to her village were she could keep them safe (29-30). This emphasizes the fact that the Jews care a lot about helping others when they need it the most. This relates to the movie “Jakob the Liar” because when a little girl got separated from her family Jacob took her and fed her even helps her when she got sick. For instance when Ellie was getting beat his father just stood by and do anything because he did not want to get them both getting be even worse (53). This demonstrates that by doing nothing you could save their life in yours so it is working together another example would be taking the beating for someone else. I know this because being an innocent bystander when someone is being beaten is working together because if you jump and you both will probably get killed or beaten even worse (Jakob the…show more content…
What does it really mean to be selfish and here is what most people believe it means. One may say that being selfish is only caring about himself and being self-interested or self-seeking but those characteristics will not be helpful when trying to survive the Holocaust. To be selfish means to put oneself before others, look after oneself before one would look out for others but this will not be the best tactic to survive. In conclusion this is why the Jews had to work together and not be selfish to be able to survive the massive
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