Comparing Night And Siddhartha

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“We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not” (William Hall). In both Night by Elie Wiesel and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, there was a great deal of self discovery that took place. In Siddhartha, Siddhartha tried to do whatever it took to reach enlightenment. However, in Night, the protagonist worked for a countless number of hours so he could become free from the concentration camps. Also, their journeys were written mostly dissimilar. Throughout these two texts there are similar elements displayed, including the theme of religion, the setting and the points of view, however, these elements are…show more content…
Elie was one of the people that got released partly because he was still trying to believe there was hope with God. There were many who lost their faith with God, including Akiba Drummer, and they allowed for themselves to die. Siddhartha met his goal by reaching enlightenment on his own due to his perseverance and the realization that he wouldn’t reach it by teaching his knowledge. This is similar to Elie’s ability to strive harder every day to continue to live. The comparisons and contrasts strongly show how religion can form barriers and hope, which occurs with the settings as well. The various aspects that helped contribute to the overall setting are able to be showcased very distinctly with hints of analogous pieces. Both of these two texts were able to use the setting to help portray the characters’ justifications about certain ideas. One of the biggest factors that made the characters develop specific beliefs are the time periods in which the books were set. While Night took place during the Holocaust, Siddhartha was set in BC. There were very different social and religious views in society during those times. During Siddhartha, Buddhism was the only organized religion and it was still forming in India, so it wasn’t fully structured yet. However, within Night, there were many religions in the world since the story occurred much later, including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etcetera. Another large difference of these two novellas is the

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