He said the same about his stuff, that they can take something and he will learn to live without it, but take something everyday until they are reaching for his eyes, heart, soul, etc., is something that he can not deal with (In the belly of the beast). I think that this is where his anger comes from. One of the problems with corruption in penitentiaries was that if a guard disliked an inmate, that inmate had no say weather the guard is telling the truth or not. Especially if they had an aggressive background like Jake Abbott, he talked about how when he got transferred once that not one day after he got there one of the guards said the he assaulted him, even if
The corporal hissed. The prisoners went rigid. Louie raised his eyes to the corporal’s face. Again came the whirling arm, the blow to the skull,the stumbling legs” (173). To Louie that would hrt but he said nothing when he was hit over and over again.
His mischief as a young boy also made him very visible but all that changed during the years he spent in POW camps. During World War II, efforts were made to make Japanese- American internees and American POWs in Japan “invisible.” At POW camps, guards tried to deprive the POWs of their dignity. Hillenbrand writes, “On Kwajalein the guards sought to deprive them of something that sustained them even as all else had been lost: dignity.” (Unbroken, 182) In addition to being beaten and starved, the men were deprived of their dignity, “This self-respect and sense of self-worth” (Unbroken, 182) essential for life. “To be deprived of it is to be dehumanized” (Unbroken, 182) because when taken away it also takes away their dignity, sense of self-worth and self-respect, which leaves
A significant portion of the book is devoted to Shins distant, antagonistic relationship with his family. “When he was in the in the camp-depending upon her all his meals, stealing her food, enduring her beatings- he saw her as competition for survival.” At this time a family was alien to him, as a result didn’t care to share with the guard of his mothers and brothers plan to escape. Also informing on fellow prisoners was encouraged within camp and brought with it the prospect of better treatment and rewards. The principle of guilt by association meant that his family members were punished on another's behalf, and she knew that his mother and brother were putting him at risk. His conquest fear and anger motivated his betrayal and culminated in a stark scene in which he witnessed his mother and brother being executed.
He describes his neighborhood without use of any adjectives that express emotion about how he feels about the place. The lack of emotion suggests that they have done this walk before and they have grown indifferent to their surroundings. Another example is at the high point of the story when he and his brother are getting beat up, “I watched the others take turns on my brother, this terror of a brother, and he doubled over, had blood and spew on his shirt, and tears down his face. I wanted to do something, but they held me and I just looked on.” Terror of a brother implies that Rano is a bully himself. Watching this must’ve been hard on Luis, but instead he does nothing.
It is clear, Kapo Tadeusz absolves himself from the murderous functions of the Nazis in order to stay alive, both by his dissociation from the atrocities and his exploitation of the system. While many “kapos” or prisoner-leaders were indicted by the allies for the role in enabling the crimes committed at concentration camps, Borowski demonstrates early in his writing that the profound difference between him and those who did commit the crimes. He puts it quite plainly in “A Day At Harmenz” telling a prisoner under his command, “There won’t be any selection. Understand?” (Borowski 58). While other Kapos subjugate their prisoners to verbal abuse and beating, Borowski acts in a way that is almost impartial, showing no hostility toward his prisoners, but doing what he is charged to do in order to survive.
They treat him inhumanely, seeing him as a bum and a free loader, as some saw Vietnam veterans back then. I believe that the movie implies that he has PTSD shortly after he is arrested. They tie his hands to the ceiling and bring out a straight razor to give him a shave. He begins seeing disturbing images of being tortured at the hands of the Viet Cong, who had him tied in the same way and repeatedly slashed him with a sword, and starts to panic. He has flashbacks of what they
He states, “It gets freakin’ cold here at night.” This choice word “freakin’” is a slang expression and further goes into detail of his uncomfortable time here. Concluding his e-mail, the soldier says that he is not even able to talk about his “latrine experience”, or the bathrooms there. The only statement he says about this experience is that, “...after the first time, I went back to the tent and felt like either crying or lighting myself on fire to remove the filth”. This line is extremely powerful since it shows that this soldier was very disgusted by this encounter. He even includes the rhetoric device, hyperbole, when stating that he wanted to light himself on fire after going to the outhouse.
When the Oberkapo was arrested on suspicion of sabotage and evicted from the camp, however, the Gestapo continued to question the boy and finally convicted him of the compliance in the efforts to hide weapons that had been found in a building under the Oberkapo’s supervision. There was no showcase of defiance before the boy died. There was no celebration among the prisoners as they had recognized the inhumanity and injustice of the execution of this child. However, there came the realization of the ultimate cruelty of his death. On page 65 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing...And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writing before our eyes.
He shows no sign of independence unlike when he wasn’t in the camp. Elie starts to accept his punishment. Elie’s loss of faith in himself is also visible in his biography when Elie witnessed the change his father had gone through. He saw how miserable everyone was. Elie lost track of time and woke up and reflected on how the camp changed him.
Kak also feels guilty about Donny’s death. Donny was killed during an op, and before he left, Kak speaks to him and is unable to convince him not to go. Donny also shows some of these symptoms; especially when he gives away his car. Donny gives away all of his things before he goes out on his last op; as if he is expecting his death. He also talks to Kak about his nightmares, when asked by Kak what they were about he replies with, “Kid, you don’t want to know,” Kak witnesses Donny screaming in his sleep, “At the other end of the hut, an airman tossed and muttered in his bed.
(Gerund, provides evidence on how hard it was -ing) “The look in his eyes as they stared into mine, has never left mine” (Wiesel, 119) Going to a concentration camp being poor can truly be challenging. Beneath the poor man he was telling them information because being down in the dirt traveled on many times people don’t look at him with respect. (Prepositional phrase) But, of course, the people didn 't listen because he was poor. Of the stressfulness and miserable images they had in their head they were way too scared to only image what was next. (Infinitive, starts the sentence “of”) He closed his eyes as though to escape time” (Wiesel, 17).