Fear and Foresight - Essay

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Fear and Foresight Fear is “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger” (Webster‘s dictionary). Fear is also the best way to disrupt one’s foresight creating corrupted decisions. To achieve this level of understanding, so that one’s decisions will be made effectively, one must understand him or herself well enough to be able to cut out the emotion and think rationally. Recalling experiences from the holocaust Fear tended to come when there was no hope or faith in the novel Night, by award winning author Elie Wiesel. Within this novel, about his own experiences during the war, Elie is thrown into a concentration camp where he is whipped, beaten, fatigued, starved, deprived, loses his faith, and ultimately loses his entire family…show more content…
Elie has lost all that makes him human he has lost all the optimism that he had; his friends, and his dad now no longer a priority to him in his life. He “..quickly forgot..” (82), his friend Zalman who had been trampled to death, and had began to think only of himself. He belongs to no one and has no obligations to anyone but himself. His father was taken away in a short time and he did not do anything. Elie describes his inner struggle that, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep” (106). Yet instead of despairing he had the thought that he was actually “…free at last:” (106) free from the mental burdens of his grave situation. Elie had taken upon himself the same rule that all the other men had, in that “..every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else” (man 105) as he is now by himself. After the camp liberated and Elie looks upon all that has happened, he realizes that inside him there is no longer an innocent boy but instead a man filled with regret. “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” (Weisel 32) With the end of someone’s life coming near, a fear and despair will often develop a shroud around the things that matter most to someone is their life. This leaves important decisions up to the will of a fearful person, which will always give a regretful result. Elie began

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