Cruelty, like every other vice,requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity- George Eliot. The Holocaust was a tragic event that happened to the Jews during World War 1 & World War 2. Inhumane actions occurred in the camps and one of the worst camps was Auschwitz , that is where the poem takes place.Charles Whittaker uses symbolism and metaphor as poetic devices in his poem “Auschwitz” to convey an underlying message that humans will do anything to feel great about themselves.
Auschwitz by Charles Whittaker is a short poem that uses personification as a poetic device to convey a theme of human suffering. For example,”And the blue ink stabs a little harder in the skin”, it makes you imagine how the people have felt and the pain they have been through. The color blue signifies that it is sincere, reserved and quiet, and do not like to make a big deal out of things or attract too much attention. Could that be the reason why Jews had the blue ink tattooed because they are reserved, and quiet to the point where no one in the world knows what is happening to them?It is personification because blue ink cannot stab you by it self, how can an inanimate object do an action without the help of another object. It is conveying the message of how the blue ink feels, both physically and emotionally. You are no longer a person but a tree. You can't fight back,you provide for them, and…show more content… Why will we do everything in our will to make ourselves feel better than everyone else? Was it because the Nazi’s were in a hole that they could not get out of ? Was it because they had nothing to lose or because they had a wide audience who would agree on an act that would make their lives better?If you commit a hideous act and no one was around to see it, are you a