The Almost White Boy Analysis

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In Elie Wiesel’s Night and Richard Motley’s “The Almost White Boy”, the authors both reveal that hatred for others exists because one is taught to hate. The two narratives are similar because people were discouraged and unwelcomed based on the race they are. Each piece is unique because in the narrative Night, you are punished for who you are; even if you are a citizen to the country you live in. Throughout the narrative, the Holocaust is taking place, tons of jews are being killed or worked like animals. The powerful leader known as Adolf Hitler was responsible for the traumatic event that took place from 1933 to 1945. However in the narrative “The Almost White Boy” if your race is hated, you are unwelcomed and treated as if you are…show more content…
Schachter could see what the Germans were going to do to the Jews. The Germans were taught to hate the Jews, no matter the age. Additionally, Wiesel uses a simile when he writes, “He looked at us over as if we were a pack of leprous dogs hanging onto our lives.” (pg. 38) The author clearly shows a simile because the Germans were comparing the Jews to dogs. This proves the theme because the Jews weren’t being looked at as humans but, as animals. The Jews aren’t hated for their personalities on the inside, they are hated for what they look like on the outside. When writing “The Almost White Boy”, Motley was influenced by the history of people hating others because of the race they are. These experiences affect Motley’s perspective because during the Civil Rights Movement, public facilities were being segregated by race and appearance. By contrast, Wiesel was affected in the matter that he was in concentration camps. Elie Wiesel was 15 when he was taken by the Hungarian police and deported. This affects his perspective because he had a much more dangerous situation then “The Almost White Boy” scenario. With Wiesel’s perspective, it shows that he takes racism very seriously even if it’s not as big as the Holocaust. Also with first hand knowledge, it gives us a better chance of knowing the sacrifices they had to make to stay alive rather than in “The Almost White Boy” they are just called names and looked at differently. Each of these texts
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