The Destruction Of The Soul

2353 Words May 4th, 2016 10 Pages
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, civil wars and social wars, world wars and personal wars. This is because conflicts, both current and historical, affect the mind and soul of every individual involved, regardless of arbitrary numbers on statistics. Those exposed to varying degrees of evil face an involuntary change in character, often losing the person he or she was before, that is, being physically alive but internally deceased. This occurrence of emotional death is not only triggered from active battle but is universally evident across all types of war including social, racial, and personal. Demonstrated through an array of genres, emotional death is an omnipresent phenomenon, and examining individuals’ stories and emotions allows the concept to become more concrete and…

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