His body was shaking. Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead” (33). In the book Elie could explain more about the prisoners’ journey to the crematorium. He wouldn’t be able to do this in the speech but in the book, he could explain things in great depth which gives more information on the Holocaust and the message Elie wants to send.
Authors often use cruel and inhumane acts to develop a theme as well as to appeal to the readers emotions. Elie Wiesel uses cruelty in his memoir Night to emphasize the barbaric treatment towards the victims of the holocaust; in addition to, how cruelty develops his character throughout the story. For one thing at the beginning of the novel Elie is extremely religious, but after he arrives in the concentration camp he starts losing his faith. For example, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name?
The summoning of truth and knowledge with the help of the dead The thought is eerie and can bring shivers to the majority of us. Modern times linked it to darkness and everything bad. Thanks to the present-day depiction of this practice, the custom that was rooted from the old age has evolved into something fearsome as what has been shown on television shows and movies. Necromancy is the art of calling the dead to get answers, foretell the future and even defend against something. There are no distinct accounts that prove the origin of the practice.
SlaughterHouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. has a strong, recurring theme of how disastrous war is and the effects it has on a person. In this novel's case, Billy Pilgrim and even the narrator are showing obvious signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although this topic is quite serious in some situations, Billy Pilgrim doesn't seem to know he has this disorder and his thoughts and actions are comical at times. The idea of traveling to a distant planet named Tralfamadore is very unlikely and its most reasonable to say Billy made it up. Towards the ending of the novel, Billy releases the information about his trip to the “book store” and his knowledge of the books by Kilgore Trout.
However, in the same theme of the stories, there are sources of similarity and differences. Even though both The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis are similar in that they all use the floods for a destruction, both the stories are different from each other in the distribution of roles within the gods and a way to warn the extermination from the gods. First, the similarity between The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis is the relevance with the flooding that used to exterminate the human. To prove the occurrence of the flood, chapter 5 of The Epic of Gilgamesh records, “For six days and six nights the winds blew, torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world, tempest and flood raged together like warring hosts (line 62-63, p. 21)”. Also in Genesis, the text “The waters flooded the earth for a hundred
As his intelligence degenerates, Charlie records, “Deterioration progressing. I have become absent-minded. Algernon died two days ago” (Keyes 205). This event is a foreshadowing of Charlie’s presumed death, as they received the same operation, and therefore should have the same symptoms. Once his intelligence finishes diminishing, Charlie writes his final progress report, saying “I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me.
The most sickening opinion that we are told to have is when we are forced to treat people with disabilities and special needs differently than others. Prior to the twentieth century social attitudes to people with special needs were that these people were believed to be unhealthy or defective. Many people pitied others with disabilities or were scared of them (Brutner). This is horrendous and disgusts me. These people are human too, and as previously mentioned bleed red along with you and I. Arthur Radley in the book To Kill A Mockingbird has a mind that works slower than the average Joe, because he has a mental disability he is made fun of and labeled as an outcast.
There are many similarities and differences between the story of Noah in Genesis and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh. To start off, the first similarity I found was the reasons why the floods started. Both Gods in each story wanted to dispose of all humanity. However, there is a difference in the reasons why the Gods wanted to. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the God Enlil wanted to destroy mankind because they were too noisy, as shown in this quote, “The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the babel.” (108) However, in the story of Noah, God wanted to destroy mankind because he saw the wickedness inside them, as shown in this quote, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth..” (Genesis 6:5) Another similarity is that in both stories a God commanded them to build ships.
But then he experiences the hardships of the Holocaust and it abruptly changed him. In the book Night, the main theme is religious belief, shown when Elie talks about the his strong religion and belief as a boy, his disconnection from religion, and the inhumane actions the Nazis caused. Having a strong belief in something so important to who we are and then being confronted with horrors which cause us to cease to believe, is a significant life changing event. During this time, many people questioned where God truly was. Even Elie was questioning where God was.
He was a well known person in Elie’s community who had almost been captured by the Nazi’s, but luckily escaped. Moshe’s love for God changes and “[he] struggles desperately to believe that God is perpetually at work, even during the massacre of which he was nearly a victim” (Nurick, “Identity” paragraph 1). Moshe was once a man with a strong faith in God, but after seeing many awful things happen such as, people being killed and tortured and babies getting thrown in the air to be used as targets, he struggles to believe in God. He often pondered whether God was real, and if he was, why would he let such awful things happen to innocent people? It didn’t make sense.
These people will wonder where God is and pray for Him to come. After such a long time without help, these people will start to question their faith and eventually, they will rebel against it. In the memoir, Night by Elie Wiesel, a survivor of The Holocaust, Elie shows that faith is often lost in times of testing or trial. One example of Elie losing his faith is when he was questioning his belief in God. "I suffer hell in my soul and my flesh.
Technological Advancements in Warfare and their Effects on Mental Health Humans are extremely social creatures. People have an unparalleled capacity to empathize and recognize the emotions of others. However, extreme trauma can severely compromise this ability, particularly trauma inflicted by warfare. As a result of his first hand experience with the government 's use of technology in warfare, Billy Pilgrim of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five loses his ability to control his social interactions, becoming apathetic and disconnected with the world around him, a phenomenon not uncommon amongst those who have seen the immediate devastation of modern warfare technology. Throughout the novel, Billy has specific experiences with horrific warfare
“Violence and terrorism are not the answer. (Elie Wiesel)” In the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel, an article about ISIS genocides, and articles on genocide deniers, shows the theme of death, and how we need to address a bigger picture. The thoughts of death and denial in these works can show the darkness of humanity with all the killings of millions, how it’s ignored, and how humanity denies it ever happened. There are some minor differences, such as how the two causers of the genocide had different targets, and their way of carrying it out. Night with its themes of death, and current religious genocides in Iraq and Syria, carried out by ISIS, shows that studying history is significant, seeing how it shows not to repeat the atrocities of history, such as the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, where humanity killed millions of innocent people, and that how they aren’t addressed as much as they should.
Both myths have to do with death. However, the book of Revelations in the Bible tells how the world will end, while the story of Persephone deals only with the death of summer. Revelations explains the stages of the death of the world. There are 7 seals to be broken, and halfway through the Tribulation the Antichrist will come as an incarnation of the devil, trying to win people away from the Lord. Those who go to the Lord even in this tough time will still go to heaven - the Christians before this time have experienced the rapture and will miss this time period.