The Night And Maus Book Review Essay

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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, Winston Churchill, once said, “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Throughout Elie Wiesel’s autobiography, Night, his faith in humanity, his belief in God’s justice and his childhood and innocence destroyed and changed his identity as a result of his experiences during the Holocaust. Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew in the book Maus written by Art Spiegelman, struggles through life during this European catastrophe, but does not portray a memory as affecting as Elie Wiesel’s. Night and the book Maus both contextually focus on survivors of the Holocaust, but Night illustrates a more graphic and realistic memory of this gruesome event. The portrayal of memory…show more content…
Most prisoners became self-focused, only concerned with their own self-preservation. They turned against one another in these horrible situations instead of comforting each other in times of difficulty. Elie wants people to understand that this crucial memory of inhumane actions brought upon human beings should not be distorted. Not only did he witness such physical abuse, but he also received the same malicious beatings as every other concentration camp prisoner despite his age and size. Other senseless and inhumane acts were forced upon Elie during his time at Auschwitz which ultimately made him question his own God. The Nazi’s treated all Jewish prisoners like worthless farm animals by putting small amounts of food into a trough for everyone to fight for. Starvation and malnutrition was another obstacle Elie had to overcome. Every prisoner suffered with starving stomachs only to live off of an insufficient amount of tiny pieces of bread and a small bowl of soup. These inhumane living conditions made him question for the rest of his life if God even existed. He questions himself throughout the book how a supreme being, an all-powerful and all-knowing God can allow such slaughter and terror upon the human race. Throughout his book Night, Elie Wiesel tries to remain optimistic as to why God is doing this by stating, “God is testing us. He wants us to see whether we are capable of overcoming our basic instincts, of killing the Satan within ourselves

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