Night/Life Is Beautiful C/C Essays

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September 26, 2011

Night and Life Is Beautiful Compare and Contrast Essay

Night by Elie Wiesel and Life Is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni are both detailed stories of the Holocaust experienced by a father and a son. However, both feature different tones during the stories. Night uses a depressing and dark tone, while Life Is Beautiful incorporates an optimistic and joyful tone. Weisel recalls the many horrific acts witnessed and how he tried to always be with his father. Whereas in Life Is Beautiful Guido (the father) tries to convince Joshua, his son, that this is simply for fun and they know nothing bad is going to happen. The tone in Night is depressing and centered around the
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From the first hours of dawn a glacial wind lashed us like a whip” (77). The reference and depiction of winter usually is involved with the aspect of death and this was no different.
Towards the end of the book the true darkness of the Holocaust is brought to life. One of the most terrible memories written is on a train ride from one part of the camp to another. A father and a son are on the same car as Elie and the father has a piece of bread, “’Meir, my little Meir! Don’t you recognize me . . . you’re killing your father . . . I have bread . . . for you too . . . for you too . . .’ He collapsed but his fist was still clutching a small crust. He wanted to raise it through his mouth. But the other threw himself on him” (102). The true tone of this is quite horrific and Weisel does a good job portraying it through the dark descriptive text. The disregard for others in order for self preservation is one of the most selfish acts that can be committed.
However, in Life Is Beautiful the tone could not be more different. Before the Holocaust happens, Guido is a very happy man always talking loud and expressing himself with no regret complementing people wherever he goes. When the first discrimination happens against him he simply makes a joke out of it and tells his son, Joshua, that everything is okay. When they are finally taken away, Guido comes up with the idea that this is just a game. While being forced on the train, he shouts the happiness he has

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