Night Elie Wiesel Journey

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Events in people’s lives can have a myriad of effects on them. A person can become lost, transform into a better person, or ignore the events altogether. The choice of how to react often matters more than the event itself. The occurrence can also change the people’s views on life and cause them to have a different destiny. If the traumatizing event is never acknowledged however, the value and growth of the experience will be lost. The role of significant events or experiences shaping people’s destinies is illustrated in the examples of Elie Wiesel and a personal example. In the literary memoir “Night,” Elie Wiesel explicates how significant choices in his life shaped and molded his destiny. Weisel navigates through childhood as an extremely…show more content…
Towards the end of 1942, he is deported from Transylvania by the Hungarian police. Moishe returns with tales of cruelty. He pleads with Weasel and the citizens, but all hold him in disbelief. “Even I did not believe him. I often sat with him, after services, and listened to his tales, trying to understand his grief. But all I felt was pity.” (7) In choosing to be skeptical of Moishe story Weisel sealed his fate. Had they chosen to accept it, the family would have been able to flee the country before the Gestapo took over their town. Just as Wiesel chose not to believe Moishe, so did he choose not be separated from his father. The first thing that happened to the Weasel family when entering Auschwitz was the sorting. An inmate of the camp interrogated Weisel. “‘No. You’re eighteen.’ ‘But I’m not,’ I said. ‘I’m fifteen.’ ‘Fool. Listen to what I say.’”(30) The inmate told Wiesel and say that he was 3 years older than he was. Wiesel chose to believe him. If he had not, Wiesel would have immediately gone to the crematorium and would have been sent to his death with his mother and sisters. Wiesel 's second choice saved his life, but his second…show more content…
Wiesel chose to ignore the prophetic warnings of Moishe. He also made the decision to heed the advice of an inmate of the camp. The final decision jeopardized being rescued earlier by the Americans. A personal example illustrated the effects of refusing to acknowledge the significance of the choice made, thereby altering the course of the life. This is true when applied to all people, growth is unable to occur if the event is not properly recognized and dealt with. The fate of a person is in constant flux until the end of their life, leaving reflection of that destiny only possible after
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