Adversity In Night, By Elie Wiesel

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Dictionary.com defines the word “adversity” as an unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress. Most people would agree that death by an incurable disease or murder is an unfavorable fate. In Tuesdays with Morrie, a graduated college student, Mitch, discovers that his favorite former professor, Morrie, has ALS and begins to visit with him throughout his adversity, death, and so much more. Night, authored by Elie Wiesel, also tells of adversity and many other aspects. Night is a personal account of a Jewish boy, Elie Wiesel, and his duration in concentration camps with his father during the Holocaust. Both novels handle adversity in many different aspects. Both books deal with losing loved ones, withering …show more content…
Morrie is a very positive man and embraces his impending death that will come as a result of his ALS. He shows hope not by staying positive that he will not die but by hoping he will live a great life while he is dying. Morrie is accounted telling Mitch, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live” (Albom 82). This quote not only shows his hope in living a great life while he still has the chance, but his utter positive outlook on life. Morrie does not dwell on the fact that he is going to die, he merely continues to hope for the best while he is living. In a similar manner, Elie Wiesel, a young boy of fifteen, does not only think about death while in a concentration camp. Elie has to fight every day to live, and he knows if he loses his hope he is as good as dead. In the beginning of the book, Elie’s father says “The yellow star? So what? It’s not lethal” (Wiesel 11). This innocent misconception shows just how hopeful not only Elie, but all the Jews were. These people did not picture the worst outcome. They continued to take orders and believed that soon they would be saved from something that was not even too bad. Throughout the story, Elie continues to push on with the help of his father. Knowing his father is dependent on him gives him the courage to …show more content…
It would be hard to handle adversity in any way such as they do through death or the Holocaust. Both books approach adversity in different situations. Morrie goes through a horrible disease while Elie endures hardships at concentration camps. Both men deal with their situations through hope and loved ones in the same way. They both continue to be hopeful throughout their adversities with the help of loved ones. However, they differ when it comes to getting through their hardship with faith. Elie is a boy full of faith to get him through his hard time. Morrie, however, basically has no faith. Even though Elie and Morrie differ in some ways while enduring adversities, they are also similar in some ways. Adversity can be handled in many ways, however it will never be

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