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.
For instance, Anne Frank overheard on the English radio that friends were being taken away. In Source A, she asked herself, “If it 's that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? We assume that most of them are being murdered.” In other words, Jewish people who listened to the English radio felt threatened and apprehensive, because the government was leading them to make assumptions of horrible conditions friends and family may be in. Similarly, the eight steps of genocide illustrate how the government’s actions affect the Nazis view of the Jewish people, by making them seem different and out of place. Source B describes, “2.
Another time when Elie losses his faith in his god is when he started to question why were all these terrible things happening to him, and why didn 't he do something about it, “What are You, my God? I thought angrily. How do You compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm to You their faith, their anger, their defiance? What does Your grandeur mean, Master of the Universe, in the face of this cowardice, this decay, and this misery? Why do you do on troubling these poor people’s wounded minds, their ailing bodies?” page 66, Chapter 5.
Elie Wiesel’s somber speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, demonstrated the harsh reality of the numerous evils harvesting in the world. The main evil though was simply indifference, or a lack of concern. As a young Jewish boy, he faced the wickedness of the Holocaust, imprisoned at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and also losing both his parents and younger sister. The speaker saw atrocious horrors and suffered for a prolonged amount of time. Why was this permitted?
Belief and Faith is a “double-edged sword” to the jews, it cuts both ways. It keeps them alive, and at the same time makes them oblivious, and leads to their suffering. Over time, Elie’s belief in god, diminishes and eventually he questions God’s existence extensively and at point, Elie is infuriated that even though they are being tormented and enslaved, the Jews will still pray to god, and thank him, “If god did exist, why would he let u go through all the pain and suffering (33). This is a major point in the ongoing theme of faith and belief, because for once he is infuriated with the thought of religion in a time of suffering. Throughout the book, with the nazis ultimate goal is to break the jews and make dehumanize them and if anything, their goal is take and diminish their belief.
Joanne McCarthy has reinforced this concept in her Magill’s Choice: Holocaust Literature where she writes “Innocence died in the camps…the child of faith was journeying from mysticism to anger and doubt of God’s justice” (1), attributing Wiesel’s loss of faith to the death of his innocence. By doing so and making such a point, Wiesel provides the readers with a glimpse of the horrors of the holocaust, appealing to the reader’s pathos and getting them to empathize with the characters in his
Those who commit crimes are often victims of their own feelings of guilt and shame. After realizing one’s mistake, individuals begin to feel disappointed in themselves as they comprehend where they misled themselves when making their decisions (Wright, Kim and Gudjonsson 307). At times, criminals take their regret and anger on themselves through self-harm. Oedipus had done the same when he had used a broche from his wife’s dress to stab him in his eyes, he was not able to see what acts he had committed in his life so felt that hurting his eyes would relieve his guilt (Sophocles 61). Furthermore, it has been stated that “feelings of shame in response to committing a crime have been hypothesized to impede confession” (Wright, Kim and Gudjonsson 307).
The Holocaust began many tragedies, many people dying and going through pain, being beaten and hung because they were jews. The Peace Resistance was to help many people get back to their old ways and connect back with their families if they had survived. Many jews were blamed for many things that were not true, they were treated the way there because non-jews believed Hitler and others who thought jews were not the perfect
Most particularly the Old Testament presents the suffering of the innocent. In today’s situation, many people ask why I am suffering. Have I done something wrong to suffer like this, or why all these natural disasters take place killing so many people? For all of these questions we could find some kind of answers from these two figures: Job and the suffering servant of Yahweh. Those who endure suffering with humility and hope can recognize the will of God.
Life is all about finding a balance, to get what you need, perhaps in sacrifice of what you want. Thus, history has its reckless balance of tragedy and hope through varying events; testing the strength of humanity in the face of adversity. In “Night” by Elie Wiesel, we get to glimpse the horrors of the Holocaust through the recollections of a survivor. Elie provides us with an emotional recount of his experience, enabling his readers to comprehend the devastating repercussions of this event vicariously. We read as families get ripped apart and demoralized victims lose their faith.
While reading this I felt the suspension and intensity of the story building. It made me think deeper about Josef and his past. How could someone that seems so nice be something so evil at one point? Everyone has had dark time in there life, but can someone so evil completely and fully become a better person? I wonder what happened in Josef’s past to make him so brain washed to the point where he believed that being a Nazi soldier was something he should do.
… Because in his great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death…” (Wiesel, 67). Elie acknowledges that he no longer wants to believe in God because he concluded that God is the reason that the Jews are in the circumstance they are in. This is another reason individuals might think Elie is showing lack of spiritual stamina during the Holocaust because Elie begins to consider why he should believe in God when He has created such terrible things throughout the world. On the other hand, Wiesel explains, “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in
He began to change the way he was. In one of the scenes, Elie described how he saw how innocent jews were being badly treated, tortured and killed. It made Elie wonder where was God at, when he needed him the most at that moment. Elie uses imagery to describe the traumatic moments he saw and seeing God’s presence in a negative way. By the
Further, it is believed that many among Mark’s audience may have been facing persecution as a result of their Christianity. Pity is defined as “sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy.” Mark’s audience may well have been experiencing at least one, if not all three of these emotions for which the use of empathic language could have been more effective. Moreover, such oppression would have called for a sympathetic response as seen in Jesus’ reaction to the leper. This is corroborated in other pleas for sympathy throughout Mark’s Gospel. For example, when the man brought his son with the unclean spirit, he implored Jesus by saying “have pity on us and help us” (9:22).
Every single person - victim, bystander, or persecutor - was affected by the holocaust in one way or another. Many child survivors, like Romney, embody the aftermath of that human tragedy, and represent the aftershocks of an impact that indefinitely changed human history. These aftershocks might not be so explicit, but learning about the holocaust makes us view humanity differently, and that in itself is an aftershock. We realize that some humans can be more malleable, evil, cowardice, and immoral than we could have ever