Examples Of Violence In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The color of our skin, our beliefs, where we come from, these are some of the most controversial subjects ever. Since the beginning of time, violence has been around for it all and it will never stop. Some examples of violence are small, like a fight or verbal disagreement, but some, like the Holocaust and the Hutu massacre of Tutsi, have changed history forever. In Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie gives readers a sense of how bad the Holocaust was through his own eyes. Violence is a huge theme in this book and has a huge effect on not only Elie, but his dad, Shlomo, as well. In the book, Elie is seen facing numerous obstacles while trying to survive this horrific experience, but the violence he encounters is the biggest obstacle of them all. About halfway in the story, Elie is minding his own business, when his Kapo (a prisoner conscripted by the Nazis to police other prisoners) started beating him out anger. Wiesel describes the experience by saying, “One day when Idek was venting his fury, I happened to cross his path. He threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, throwing me to the ground and picking me up again, crushing me with ever more violent blows, until I was covered in blood. As I bit my lips in order not to howl with pain, he must have mistaken my silence for defiance and so he continued to hit me harder and harder. Abruptly, he calmed down and sent me back to work as if nothing had happened. As if we had taken part in a game in
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