Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Essays

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The concentration camps that were run by the Nazis during World War II can easily be labeled as one of the most grotesque examples of cruelty in the entire world. The people that were sent to these concentration camps were treated as less than human by the power hungry leaders of the camp. As we have all learned in history classes throughout our lives, the conditions of these camps were blatantly abhorrent, and it is a surprise that people made it out of these camps alive. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl uses his experiences in a concentration camp as an example to his readers that life holds a potential meaning no matter what condition a person is in. In the two parts of his book he analyzes his experiences and the…show more content…
The way Frankl described it made it seem as if it was one of those situations where a person responds in a way that is not socially acceptable, but they cannot help it. In this case, the inmates found humor in the sense that they were in disbelief that these things were happening to them and did not know how to react. The other emotion that was immediately felt by the inmates entering the camp was curiosity because they did not know whether they were going to live or die. Living in the camps for the first few days filled the inmates with questions about whether or not they would survive and how they would go about doing so. Also, almost every inmate justifiably entertained thoughts of suicide, but according to Frankl “there was little point in committing suicide, since, for the average inmate, life expectation, […] was very poor” (18). Additionally, the first days and weeks in a concentration camp filled the inmates with fear and disgust, since they were not accustomed to seeing humans being treated in such disturbing manners. Frankl explains that all the campers slowly became acclimated to their situations once they realized that “a man can get used to anything, [without knowing] how “(18). This observation by Frankl is imperative to his own survival in the concentration camps, and it emphasizes that idea that in order to survive the abhorrent conditions of the camp one must forget their former life and realize that they needed to survive the present
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