Analysis Of The Submission By Amy Waldman

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Trauma can differ from person to person and there are many ways to deal with it. Writing, for example, can be a way to preserve important traumatic memories for future generations to remember and learn from. Ellie Wiesel writes, “...I needed to give some meaning to my survival...I only know that without this testimony, my life as a writer—or my life, period—would not have become what it is: that of a witness who believes he has a moral obligation to try to prevent the enemy from enjoying one last victory by allowing his crimes to be erased from human memory” (Wiesel viii). Although Wiesel 's Night is an autobiographical novel, authors can also create characters that exemplify real peoples ' traumas and show how fictional characters overcome their grief. In The Submission, Amy Waldman tells a story of a jury who chooses a memorial design for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack on Manhattan. Along with the controversy that rises from the juries decision, we learn how characters would like to deal with their grief through the memorial. Wiesel recalls a year 's worth of memories, written in detail to create images that would give the reader some insight into the traumatic events of World War II. However, Night is not a novel that states historical facts, rather a collection of personal struggles Wiesel faced throughout the Holocaust, beginning with the deportation from his home in Sighet. "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life
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