External Conflict In Night By Elie Wiesel

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As with all human beings, there are happy memories and bad memories. Some have no effect, and others can change someone’s life completely. Elie Wiesel’s autobiography, Night, writes about Elie’s external conflict of the horrors of the Holocaust’s violent concentration camps. Elie resolves this conflict by having all the hope of the world in him and enduring the evident deaths of his family members; however, Elie’s trek also illustrates his character as both enduring and dependent. Elie’s decision to staying hopeful and stay enduring also reveals the universal theme of, “The toughest and darkest of times and experience can test your hope” In Night, Elie writes about his external conflict of the violent and cruel treatment of the prisoners within multiple concentration camps, but Elie manages to go through all of it. Within the text, Elie hears news about the Russians closing in on the camp Elie is in. To counter this attack, the Germans force the prisoners to run, barefoot, almost naked, and cold, to the next concentration camp, which is more than 50 miles away. “Faster, you tramps, you flea-ridden dogs!” (Wiesel, p. 85). There are many cases where the prisoners had faced other types of cruelty, but here, Elie and other prisoners were forced to run, and if they had slowed down or stopped, they would be fatally shot by the officers. The external conflict within this section displays the cruelty and violence the Holocaust brought onto the Jewish population in Europe. While Elie does show his effort for survival, it is also clear that the cruelty may have a toll on his mental health, and the constant examples of this cruelty in his experience made him quickly lose hope and faith. Also, the usage of the words, “flea-ridden dogs” sets a negative and demeaning connotation, which implies that the SS officers felt they were certainly superior over the prisoners. Although experiences can affect your health differently, Elie Wiesel’s struggle with the external conflict of the violent and cruel treatment of the prisoners in the Holocaust more than bothers Elie, with the deaths of his family; yet he manages to go through it all. Elie’s character traits of his dependency and endurance were displayed through different

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