Writers And Poets Of The Post Holocaust Era

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Thesis: Writers and poets of the post-Holocaust era have struggled through language to record their experiences. Despite the challenges, these authors are dependent on the limits of language and its reliance on metaphors in order to communicate the meaning they ultimately set out to convey. The daunting and complex process of detailing the past is done for the preservation of memory. The way in which past events are documented determines the way that future events are defined. Thus, encapsulating the past contributes to the shaping of the future. Metaphors and figurative language play their part in this process since the significance and meaning of the Holocaust are as much a part of memory as its facts are.
The Need for Facts: Through every form of literature, the conductor of meaning is language. It is also a writer 's largest obstacle. The existence of such a paradox is summed up by Robert Scholes who says that "it is because reality (itself) cannot be recorded that realism is dead." (Young). The importance of this realism is paramount in Holocaust literature specifically because of the culture around it and the recording of its events. The devastation of such a vast amount of people spawned a type of narrative literature that insisted on factuality. This is because its primary aim was to serve as testimonial evidence for victims of the Holocaust. Every writer of Holocaust literature was determined to be a witness. If the atrocities of the time were to be punished, there…

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