Examples Of Compassion In Night By Elie Wiesel

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal”. This quote by Steve Maraboli may be hard to understand, but the Holocaust texts: Night by Elie Wiesel, “A Three Year Old Saves His Mother” by Peter Gorog and “Jakob's Story” by Jakob Blankitny are great examples of where compassion is necessary to fight the despair in heartbreaking situations. In each work, compassion shows up from unexpected sources, helps motivate people to survive, and creates greater unification. Compassion is shown in Night by Elie Wiesel in a way that helps him get through all the disturbing and distressing situations he is put in. When Elie first gets to Birkenau, he is scarred by what he sees around him. Elie initially does not believe that compassion can exist during these times. But a stranger, who is a fellow inmate, gives him invaluable advice: “No. You’re eighteen.’ ‘But I’m not,’ I said. ‘I’m fifteen.’ ‘Fool. Listen to what I say,” (Wiesel 30). This inmate shows concern towards Elie and his father even though there was nothing expected in return for his words. Compassion was unusual during this time amongst people because everyone just wanted to be able to take care of themselves and their families. An inmate showing compassion had a positive effect on Elie, which resulted in him being spared from going directly to the crematorium. Another example of compassion that Elie faces through his journey is when he encounters the French girl who gives him advice by telling him to

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