Analysis Of The Book ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel

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In the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie Wiesel is a young boy who struggles to survive after being forced to live in the brutal concentration camp of Auschwitz. In Auschwitz, death and suffering is rampant, but due to compassionate words and actions from others, Elie is able to withstand these severe living conditions and overcome the risk of death in the unforgiving Auschwitz. As shown through the actions and words of characters in Night, compassion, the sympathetic pity for the suffering or misfortune of others is critical to the human experience because it enables humans to empathize with each other, empathizing which allows us to feel the need to assist others which can often be vital for survival. Firstly, the words of characters are essential in displaying this theme through the quotes of two characters, a young French woman, and also Elie himself. The first compassionate quote occurs after Elie is maliciously assaulted by Idek, a Kapo who has episodic outbursts of fury. After the onslaught subsides, the French woman acknowledges a distraught Elie, and attempts to console Elie by saying, “Bite your lips, little brother... Don 't cry” (Wiesel, 53). In this statement, the French woman utilizes empathy for Elie to overcome her fear of speaking to Elie, visibly shown through the quote “I knew she wanted to talk to me but that she was paralyzed with fear” (Wiesel, 53), through compassion, consequently enabling her to feel an urge to ease Elie 's suffering and calms Elie…
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