Fanaticism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Fanaticism. A movement characterized by extremist views. Fanatics have always been present in our society, be it in the previous century with fascists, or today with the Taliban. It is now a concept that is feared by many; however, it is crucial to keep it in mind as humanity advances towards the future. In his novella Night, Elie Wiesel offers the perspective of a victim of religious persecution facing the injustices of fanaticism through a first-person recollection of the Holocaust. Now, seventy years following the unforgettable events of World War Two, Malala Yousafzai is walking a similar path. Yousafzai, a victim of Taliban oppression, is opposing fanaticism through the advocacy of female rights and education. Both of these visionaries provide insight to the development of fanatic terrorism and humanity’s struggle against it. Fanatic movements, as they are catalyzed by complacency and indifference, can only prevented by the oppressed speaking up and the promotion of advocacy for education around the world. Wherever a threat is present, it is humanity’s duty to react. It is foolish to continue living as if nobody is suffering under the injustices of fanaticism. Complacency in the face of an injustice will only allow the oppressive party to gain a certain liberty in which they can commit crimes without the fear of retaliation. In her interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” Yousafzai mentions that despite someone having warned her of the Taliban’s threats, she

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