The Destruction Of The Soul

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In describing his sudden and complete change in character, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel shares how the horrors he experienced changed him permanently, stating “I too had become a different person. The student of the Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded- and devoured- by a black flame” (37). Hitler´s extermination of the Jews in the 1930s and 40s is an embodiment of man’s ability to perform acts of extreme evil, while also a scenario of war where survivors return to a lifelong recovery, arguably worse than death. The same destruction of the soul has been witnessed throughout human history between imperialistic wars and race wars,…show more content…
Despite the various causes of emotional death, its impact is threatening to victims worldwide. Civil rights novels, mental health articles, domestic abuse memoirs, drug abuse photos, and suicide letters are variety of sources that further the understanding of mental conditions alongside emotional death. Furthermore, these genres allow an investigation of the minds of the internally dead, as well as the events surrounding their mental state. Since such an analysis steers away from traditional school-related notes and societal stereotypes, it proves that there are no restrictions on who emotional death can affect. It creates the concept of war in new dimensions and an entirely different perspective. Observing these conflicts allows society, especially those who have been shielded from war’s existence, a glimpse into the mind of a sufferer, while minimizing stereotypes of those who are killed emotionally in response to war situations. A relevant and persistent example of war’s effect on the human brain and the resulting emotional death is illustrated by the ongoing war for racial equality. The persecution of blacks began several hundred years ago, and slavery, a widely accepted moral wrong, existed in America until the Civil War. Oppression towards the black community continued legally until the Civil Rights Movement, but is still battled in today´s society through controversy surrounding gun violence and police assaults. Although this conflict has
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