Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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The literary form of nonfiction prose, specifically the memoir, is most suited to thinking through the ethics of experimental research or medicine on human subjects. This form of literature relies on the personal experiences of the author, rather than factual information, to increase awareness about an emotional truth. Night by Elie Wiesel will be analyzed to support this relationship and "Respect for Autonomy" of Principles of Biomedical Ethics will give context for my argument. The former piece is written by a Holocaust survivor who documents his experience of living in concentration camps during the Nazi regime (Wiesel). The latter is a philosophical work that elaborates on one of the four principles of medical ethics, respect for…show more content…
The author's intention is to not only present accurate information for the readers, but also grant them a space to reflect on the emotional truth in order to have the ability to take actions on their own terms. In Elie Wiesel's Night, Moshe the Beadle and Wiesel himself act on positive obligation by disclosing information to those who are able to act in an autonomous manner. From issuing warnings about leaving town so that others can avoid being taken to the concentration camps to publishing an account of one's own lived experience during the Nazi regime, Moshe and Wiesel take similar approaches in improving the wellbeing of others, including that of fellow townspeople and future generations. In regards to Moshe, he bears witness to the horrendous treatment that the Nazis enact on the Jews when he is transferred to a concentration camp; he manages to escape back to "Sighet to tell [Eliezer's family, and other members of the community] the story of [his] death. So that [they] could prepare [themselves] while there [is] still time" (Wiesel 3). Eliezer and his relatives are some of the many individuals in Sighet who refuse to consider Moshe's commentary, because they develop the assumption that he has gone mad and wants to be pitied. Despite dismissing the warning that would have bettered their welfare, Eliezer's family still make an autonomous decision to stay in

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