Analysis Of Terrorism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel is an author who spent his teenage years as a prisoner in a Nazi Camp as a German Jew, oppressed by Nazi terrorism. These events were documented in his personal memoir, Night. After the events of 9/11, as an attempt to raise awareness for terrorism in the society, he writes an article, “How Can We Understand Their Hatred”. In his article, he compares the terrorist and his/her acts of terrorism with a fanatic. In his words, a fanatic is an obstinate person who is immune to doubt and to hesitation. He or she cannot solve a problem with rational thinking and takes advantage of the weaknesses of people such as women. A fanatic does anything possible to achieve his/her goals even if it includes acts of hatred such as crashing…show more content…
Because of this, it would make no sense for the fanatic to continue to perform acts of hatred in the society. In an example from Wiesel’s personal memoir, the protagonist, Eliezer witnesses the “small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky”(Wiesel 34). Eliezer and the other folks outside the crematorium, witnessed the mass death of young children though they remained silent. Because Eliezer and the others just stared at the crematorium, the Germans had no one to stop them from burning the Jewish children. This is a classic example of how a fanatic can go to extreme goals to get what they want and do not get stopped by society. The goal of the Nazi’s was to torment the Jews living in Germany. Building upon the previous point, Wiesel argues that the way we can raise awareness toward the hatred and their fanatic actions is by educating the society about the acts of hatred that are occurring both in the past and present to educate them so it helps prevent them from happening again.. On the other hand, the society must also learn to accept the acts of hatred caused by the fanatics. The author argues “We have witnessed the downfall of Nazism, the defeat of fanaticism, and the abdication of communism. But fanaticism is still alive”(How Can We Understand Their Hatred par.13). Fanaticism is still an issue in society that still lives on and will live on for the generations to come as it is spreading rapidly around in modern

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