“A traumatic experience robs you of your identity” (Dr.Bill). Concentration camps during the agonizing Holocaust disallowed their prisoners to obtain a personal identity. The renowned memoir, Night, written by Holocaust survivor, Eliezer Wiesel, published in 1954 expands the apprehension of the life altering challenges and torment the Jewish society encountered from 1933 to 1945. Identity consists of an individual's distinctive characteristics, beliefs and mannerisms which was forbidden for the Jewish hostages of the Holocaust to attain. Elie’s identity was shaped and reshaped by the traumatic experiences the Jewish community persevered through.
Loss of Humanity “I didn't know that this was the time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever”(29). In Elie Wiesel’s Night, this is where the book took a turn for Elie. He was still new to the concentration camp and he was being split up from his mother and sister forever. Loss of Humanity is what really changes Elie from a bright spirited boy, to a young kid that was sad almost all the time. At the very beginning of Elie Wiesel's Night, you meet Elie for and he wants to learn more about religion, but his father doesn't want him to.
The Holocaust is one of the if not the most cruel punishment for a single race in recorded human history. No one can truly understand the hardships that a man or woman had to go through to survive it. Society is continuously pretending to understand the pain that people similar to Eliezer had to go through. It is impossible to understand the horror of the Holocaust but in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel through the change of language it makes it a bit more realistic the effect the Holocaust has on a person. The form of medium Elie Wiesel uses helps the reader understand through a bias the day to day Eliezer had to suffer through.
And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!...” (pg 112). This quote is significant due to the fact that it shows Elie towards the end of his stay at the concentration camp. At this point of time Elie’s father had just died, which helped change Elie even more; for the worst even. Elie has become very unreligious, very cold-hearted by the end of his time at the concentration camp. While looking back to 1941 for Elie, once religious and compassionate, by the end of this story Elie gave up his faith completely and became rather unsentimental around the other prisoners.
In Night, a non-fictional novel, Elie Wiesel, the author, recounts his experience with his father at Nazi German concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir on the Holocaust, the novel addresses the task of describing the indescribable and does it quite well, taking readers on an emotional roll coaster. The novel evokes various feelings including sadness and anger as Wiesel describes explicit details of his experiences during the Holocaust. After reading Night, I felt powerless and depressed as I reflected on my perspective of humanity. I also felt disappointed and frustrated with the details perhaps due to the fact that the details came from a true story.
In a situation where your body is surviving on a thread, your stomach is inflated due to starvation and all the strength you had before is gone, you have to rely on mental and religious strength to carry you through your hardships. In Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, Elie talks about his personal experiences and hardships he faced during WWII and his life at Auschwitz as a young boy. Throughout the story Elie pushes through losing his mother and sister, lashings, seeing babies burned alive and the fear of death but also the hope for it in some situations. No amount of physical strength can help someone survive in the brutal place Auschwitz. Everywhere in the story Elie and other characters show that with mental and religious/spiritual strength, you can push through any hardship you have to face.
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.
In the graphic novel Maus II, the protagonist, Artie stays at his father’s house and asks him to recall his time at the Holocaust for his book. Vladek is a caring father who is sometimes a bit too much to handle. As he recalls his life during World War II and the Holocaust, Artie must decide whether it is more important to get his story, or if he can actually survive staying with his father. Vladek wants what is best for his son, but it always seems like the whole family is lost. Vladek lost his wife and firstborn, while Art lost his mother and a brother he had never met.
False Universality Night is a autobiography about a 15 year old, fictional version of the author, Elie Wiesel, enduring the Holocaust and surviving. The story illustrates how the Holocaust stripped humanity and innocence from Wiesel. The rights violated in the book Night includes freedom from discrimination(Article 2), exemption from torture and degrading treatment(Article 5), and right to rest and leisure(Article 24). The first human right that was infracted in the life story Night is Article 2; privilege from discrimination. It’s awfully obvious that discrimination is shown to Jewish people.
Families being torn apart, being ripped from everything they’ve known growing up and being isolated within a camp where no one truly knows what’s happening to them. That’s what was going on in the life of the Jews during WWII, they were being treated as if they were no longer human, being tossed in concentration camps and given just a number to identify them, completely taking away their self importance. The atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust are being subtly portrayed in the movie “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,”directed by Mark Herman, a story told from the eyes of an eight year old boy named Bruno and his unlikely friendship with a Jewish boy named Shmuel. The movie tells the story of how a young boy begins to realize what kind of solder his father truly is and what is going on during WWII as his parents had kept him enclosed in this idea that all is well in the world. Through the use of imagery, colors, and pathos Mark Herman successfully portrays the horrors of the Holocaust through the innocent and peculiar friendship of two nine year old boys, Bruno and Shmuel.