Injustice In Night By Elie Wiesel

831 WordsOct 10, 20174 Pages
Injustice brings anger and fear to everyone. It could cause someone to act unconsciously or hide to wait for an end. Injustice shapes our history, proven by the French Revolution, the Holocaust, and 9/11. Yet these events are history, what is the right way to respond and end injustice? Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and writer, wrote many forms of literacy including Night that shares his experiences and actions during the Holocaust and “We Choose Honor” an article that features 9/11 and the United States’s response to it. Similarly, Maurice Ogden’s poem “The Hangman” demonstrates the flaws that occur when a population refuses to confront authority or injustice. Wiesel argues that the right way to respond to an act of injustice is to work as a group with your peers to solve the situation. Wiesel is correct in his belief of solving injustice because humans, at their core, are social beings that are more likely to succeed helping each other, and a group of humans is more intimidating and have more power to overcome injustice. In the story Night, Elie Wiesel’s refusal to take action results in consequences that affect Wiesel negatively and leaves him guilty for years to come. The first time Wiesel refuses to take action was after he and his father entered Auschwitz and his father attempted to communicate with an authority figure which resulted in a hit to the face. As Wiesel witnesses his father being struck, he stands still and questions his identity more and more until his father “guessed [his] thoughts… whispered in [his] ear: ‘it doesn’t hurt’”(Wiesel 39). Wiesel’s father’s words of reassurance are to calm Elie down because his father knows Elie felt guilt and remorse for not taking action. Yet, Elie’s father’s own actions would leave Elie feeling more guilty as he notices his father, the one who was struck, is taking more action to the act of the injustice. Wiesel drags these feelings of guilt all the way to his father’s own death, consequently further impeding recovery from the mentioned events. Elie’s father, on his deathbed, “called out to [Elie]”(Wiesel 112). His father wants Elie by his side, even if his son was to witness his passing right then and there because responding to his father was the
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