The, And Deep Inside Me

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Elie Wiesel, in his novella Night, wrote, “And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience I might have found something like: Free at last!” (112). Wiesel was a victim in the Holocaust; this is a passage recounts his experiences in the concentration camps. For days, he has been carrying the burden of keeping his father alive, but these are his first thoughts after his dad dies. Though it would have been easier to let his father go, it was his responsibility for him to see a new day. The quote is a beautiful example of how much stress man will persevere through to fulfill his duties. The sense of responsibility influences man to perform selfless and courageous acts. Men have always had the responsibility…show more content…
He thinks to himself in his novella Night, “If only I didn’t find him! If only I were relieved of this responsibility I could use all of my strength to fight for my own survival!” (106). His wish to escape his dad’s needs becomes evident, as he explicitly wants to put his personal needs before his father’s. Elie does not switch priorities, even as he bears the stress of his responsibility to his dad. President Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech at the height of World War II, “Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a might endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.” This was a prayer spoken over the soldiers who stormed the beaches in Normandy, France under the operation D-Day. While he goes on to say that most of the men will die, this quote lists reasons why they go to battle anyway. The responsibility to preserve America is given to each man who would shortly after embark on an operation destined to kill tens of thousands. Just like Elie, these young men put others before themselves and their duty is the soul reason they made this sacrifice. With friendship comes responsibility towards one another. Friends will look out for each other, support their decisions, and aid them when they may need assistance to complete an important task. In 1914 an unknown artist in the Brooklyn Eagle published a political cartoon titled,
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