Selfishness In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Imagine being in a highly populated concentrated area with many people fighting to just get by each day. Would you try to help others for the sacrifice of your mental or physical health? Would you give up your food so that you can give it to someone who is in worse condition than you? Night shows Elie Wiesel’s experiences with the concentration camp called Auschwitz. Even if people would say that they would help others for sacrificing your health there is always a breaking point. If people think that life will be better in some sort of way in the long run, that is sometimes not true and if that is true as hopeful as they are that could be threatening to their lives. This mental and physical suffering that these people of Auschwitz endure could cause them to become senseless to tasks that would be unethical or immoral to them. If it is just complaining about one person’s doings or about leaving someone they love behind, selfishness is shown everywhere throughout the book which mostly is developed by suffering. When someone is dying or being executed the first thing people usually think of is sorrow or guilt, but when one of the men were being hung by the Nazi’s the first thing Juliek said was, “This ceremony, will it be over soon? I’m hungry…”(62). This shows that Juliek and most likely a lot of the others suffered so much that they cared more about eating than someone’s death. Pain is an efficient way to test someone’s breaking point for being selfless. Even if it is
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