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Theme Of Adversity In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Adversity is a condition marked by misfortune; however, every person has at one point experienced difficulty whether benign or extremely severe. A true story, 'Night ' was published in 1960 is a literature work by Elie Wiesel focusing on his encounter with his father between 1944 and 1945. However, the setting occurred at the Nazi German concentration camps situated at Auschwitz and Buchenwald towards the culmination of the Second World War at the height of the Holocaust. Elie convinced that he lived an ordinary life until the German troops within his residence separated him from part of his family. 'Night, ' illustrates endurance and struggles faced by Elie at an early age such as loss of self-identity, self-belonging, loss of innocence, and the gap left in the soul. Consequently, adversity results in inhumane activities that lower a person’s morals, values, and esteem.

Adversity promotes loss of self-identity and self-belonging. Upon arriving at Auschwitz, Elie and his father faced a life or death situation. Elie chose to change his identity to escape death; he did this reluctantly. Sadly even at fifteen, Elie had learned that the wrong character could kill him, which his Jewish ethnicity nearly had already. This medium is only the beginning of Elie’s experience in the camps. He is just beginning to see the horrors that will later define his life. “I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone aware of the passage of time", pg 50. Elie
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