Reflective Essay On Silence In Night

870 WordsNov 18, 20174 Pages
“From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me” (115). This quote is spoken by Elie Wiesel in his memoir Night about his personal experiences in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. In the beginning of the story, Elie is a young teenage Jewish boy living in Sighet, Transylvania, who is also deeply religious. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, Elie and his family are separated into different concentration camps. During this period of time, he witnesses many atrocious acts yet does nothing to stop them, and it leads to severe outcomes. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel reminds the world that silence to such cruelty at any given time is unacceptable to…show more content…
No doubt they had seen quite a few of these processions …” (46). The German townspeople have obviously witnessed several of these Jewish prisoners marching by. They have had multiple opportunities to stand up for those who can not. However, repeatedly, they cowardly chose not to, and these innocent people suffer at their merciless hands. If they had just alerted an official, a good amount of people would have been spared from the terrible treatment from the repulsive Nazis. Despite the fact that the townspeople were just everyday human beings and were not being affected by the Holocaust, they could have done anything to lend a helping hand. Their silence, their inability to take action, only adds more destruction on top of the already appalling situation. In all, the townspeople stood by while over six millions Jews were executed. Finally, the last manner in which silence is depicted as a sin is when family members do nothing to support their loved ones in tough times. In the story, Elie stands by quietly, while his ill father was being hit in the head by a Nazi’s club. “I didn’t move. I was afraid, my body was afraid of another blow, this time to my head” (111). In this situation, although Elie loves his father and depends on him dearly, he does not intervene to give aid to his own father, and he ignores him in order to save himself. This relates to the bystander effect. The bystander effect is when individuals are less likely to give
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