Individuality is the supreme catalyst that guides people to feel self-worth and become emboldened in their pursuits. It is the mentality that gives humans clarity and uniqueness that make the world interesting. It is what allows each person to be respected in his/her own way. In the stories Night and Persepolis, the motif of individuality is emphatically expressed. It is portrayed as essential to the hope of the masses. When individuality is suppressed people lose virtues/self respect/humanity, motivation/will to live and faith. In essence, they give up the idea of anything else except their suffering. As thousands die, the protagonists (of Night and Persepolis)
Ready Player One hits some of the same situations as in the holocaust or for the book that we read “Night” like taking people spread out over a good area and combining them into a small dense area. They both also touch on the topic of how when someone is killed or something is blown up now one raises an eyebrow or if they do no one does anything about it.
The novel “Night” is a vivid representation of a man’s loss of faith from the beginning to the end of the catastrophic era in which this book takes place. As a young boy Elie’s inquisitive mind directed him to the synagogue where he would study the Kabbalah’s revelations and mysteries. Here is where “Moishe the beadle,” a friend to Elie, would sit with him in the synagogue and they would talk for hours about the intriguing secrets of Jewish mysticism. One important piece of advice that Moishe told Elie was, “There are a thousand and one gates allowing entry into the orchard of the mystical truth.” This simply meant he would need to pursue these answers on his own. However, Elie believed Moishe would help him bind his questions and answers as well, into one. These meetings were interrupted when Moishe was extracted from the Sighet where he experienced malice.
Everyone knows what it is like to have a day that completely drains them. One comes home after a long, tough day and just wants to collapse at the door. Life is full of adjunct things that complicate day to day things, and more than anything, make life a pain in the neck. These little specks of adversity are like the an ice sculptors chisel and hammer. They can change a person and make them into something amazing, or they can cause them to shatter. Kevin Conroy said that, “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” Adversity is a part of everyone’s life in some way. How do the books Night by Elie Wiesel and tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom show adversity in the lives
On the United States Holocaust Museum, I went to the exhibit titled, “Some Were Neighbors”. In this exhibit, it explained the different kinds of people the Jews were around during the holocaust, how those people acted towards the Jews. It mainly talked about how they had helped or harmed the Jews simply because of fear, peer pressure, or just because they could. From this info, a lot of connections could be stated, each between both the book Night and the movie Schindler’s List.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you and your family were forced to move out of your home and leave everything behind. Well this is what happened to the Jews in the holocaust. One thing that the book Night by Elie Wiesel and the movie Schindler's List directed by Steven Spielberg is they both had some form of violence whether visual or descriptive. One major difference they had was how the main characters survived. Another key difference from both the movie and the book is the main character's motivation.
Since the book centers around the darkest time of Elie’s life, it would make sense to title it ‘Night’ as a metaphor that describes just how dark the Holocaust was. When Elie first reaches the concentration camp, it is clear that the time following would not be easy. “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed... Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.” (p. 34)
No one likes being treated poorly. Throughout history, countless wars have been fought, whether they had a reason or not. Many people have suffered due to these wars. People have become POW’s (prisoners of war), have lost their homes because of the conflicts, and have even had to leave their homelands. Take this more relevant example in Syria, for example. Thousands of Syrians are leaving their households to escape the everlasting conflicts of war. Just like in history’s past wars, many civilians have been forced to leave their homes in order to stay safe. Modern and past wars seem to repeat themselves in a way. The theme of Elie Wiesel’s book Night is to show that through dehumanization, there is more silence, less faith, and an eternity of night.
In the beginning of the bible, the world was dark. Then God created light in order to make it brighter. However, when the God is not here to protect the light, Night overtook. It is a time of darkness. It is also a place where people cannot see and help each other. Because of the faith in God, the darkness, hopeless of Night, and the period of Night, Elle Wiesel’s famous short novel is called “Night”, which is very significant for Elle Wiesel as well as the Jews during World War II.
Throughout Night, dehumanization consistently took place as the tyrant Nazis oppressed the Jewish citizens. The Nazis targeted the Jews' humanity, and slowly dissolved their feeling of being human. This loss of humanity led to a weakened will in the Holocaust victims, and essentially led to death in many. The Nazis had an abundance of practices to dehumanize the Jews including beatings, starvation, theft of possessions, separation of families, crude murders, forced labor, and much more. There is no greater loss than that of humanity, so one can never truly relate to the horrors of dehumanization the Jews faced. In the list below, I will compile various examples that correlate to this theme of dehumanization.
I went Into Elie Wiesel 's Night having read the book in various stages in my life. It seems to follow me through my schooling years. In junior high I read it in standard English class, just like any other book I would have read that year. In high school I read it for a project I was creating on World War II, looking at it from a more historical approach. Being a firsthand account of concentration camps made it a reliable source of historical information. But during previous times when I was reading, I never thought to take a look at it from a theological point of view. Doing so this time really opened my eyes to things and themes I hadn 't noticed during previous readings.
The book night is about the holocaust but more importantly. It’s about a boy who goes through it and the terrible events that happen to him. Tragic events could have devastating effects on any one. Eliezer has gone through terrible events that changed his perspective on god.
A Night Divided written by Jennifer A. Nielsen is about a twelve-year-old girl named Gerta and her quest for freedom. Gerta is living in East Germany during the construction of the Berlin wall. A few days before the installation of the barbed wire fence and the formation of the wall, members of Gerta’s family left for West Germany to search for apartments and job opportunities. They were not allowed to re-enter the Eastern Zone. Gerta and her brother Fritz are inspired by the death of their friend Peter, who tries to escape the East. They become motivated at the thought of being reunited with their family. This inspiration and motivation drives them to build a tunnel to the other side of the wall. The story is not just about the physical challenges
The novel “Night” by Elie Wiesel is based on his experiences in WWII era Nazi concentration camp. Wiesel shares his experiences throughout the book and demonstrates the theme of dehumanization through cruel acts that takes place in the concentration camp by the German authorities. Dehumanization is a process in which people are deprived of their human qualities. In the book Nazis targeted the jews humanity, and slowly dissolved their feeling of being human.
It truly is surprising how a person can change so drastically over a series of events. People can be made into monsters over the murder or death over a loved one for example. Or can be turned to a person of great faith when they were an atheist. This is what happened to Elie and was one of the main conflicts of the story, “Night”. As you can see in the book he loved going to his mosque and his love of God, however, as the story went on his faith slowly deteriorated and crumbled away even though he fought hard to keep it. This can happen to the best of people and there is no way to control it unless you are strong with your beliefs.