Analysis Of Farewell To Manzanar And Night

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Culminating Essay Oppression, defined as, “unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power” (merriam-webster.com) and prejudice, defined as, “injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights” (merriam-webster.com), both actions that have changed people. Some people are changed for the worse and some are changed for the better, but some choose to share their story. Two people named Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and Elie Wiesel did this, they shared their story with the whole world. They both did this by writing autobiographical memoirs, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston wrote Farewell to Manzanar alongside her husband and Elie Wiesel wrote Night, both sharing their experiences during well known events that have happened in the world today. Even though the stories have taken place at different places and different times, the people involved in these event experienced the same things. This does not mean that they were affected in the same way, they were affected differently in their own ways. In both stories, Farewell to Manzanar and Night, both Jeanne and Elie experienced abuse that affected them mentally and physically from guards or their own people. This caused them to stop believing in their faith. In Farewell to Manzanar Jeanne met a group of nuns and began to spend a lot of time with them. This led her to discover god, and became so interested that she even considered getting baptized. Unfortunately, her father would not allow this and never was baptized. This turned out to be good because her, “faith in God and in the Catholic church slipped several notches at that time” (Wakatsuki Houston and Houston 118). This happened because the conditions in the camp were significantly decreasing and no longer put her faith in god and began to question Catholicism overall. Elie was also put in a similar situation when his own people were being hung. Not only did he begin to question his faith, but others did too, “‘Where is merciful god, where is he?’ someone behind me asked. … Behind me, I hear the same man asking: ‘For God’s sake, where is God?’ and from within me, i heard a voice answer: ‘Where He is? This is where-hanging here from this gallows…’” (Wiesel 64-65). From this point

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