Overcoming Struggle In Boys In The Boat And Night

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Boys in the Boat and Night are two very different books and people, yet they share the same struggles/tragedies and morals. In Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, nine boys compete in rowing races and experience tough challenges and hard work. After all the rowing practice, they soon make it to Berlin to row in the Olympics. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie and his family go through very tough times being Jewish and fearing Germans and basically losing trust in everyone. Joe Rantz and Elie Wiesel demonstrate resilience by overcoming struggles/tragedies and overcoming a loss of faith. First, “Night” and “The Boys in the Boat” show resilience by overcoming struggles/tragedies. For example, according to “Night”, Elie Wiesel states “I did not …show more content…
It no longer mattered. Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore… I spent my days in total idleness. With only one desire: to eat. I no longer thought of my father, or my mother,” (page 112-113). This quote from the book means that even when Wiesel’s father died, he had already cried so much that no tears came out when he was weeping about his father’s death. Also, it shows that his father’s death really affected the way he views the world and other people. He lastly explains that he’s already gone through so much pain, he just doesn’t even think about his mother or father anymore. Secondly, in “The Boys in the Boat” it shows resilience by overcoming struggles/tragedies when Joe Rantz was young, he had a tough time between losing his mother and all the chaos he went through. Not to mention, his new stepmother, Thula, who wasn’t very fond of little Joe and would rather him to get himself out of the family picture. For example, “When Joe’s father came home from work later that evening, Thula was waiting for him in the doorway. She demanded that he take Joe out back and …show more content…
For example, according to “Night”, Elie Wiesel claims, “My father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me. He was running next to me, out of breath, out of strength, desperate. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support.” This quote from the book has the idea of Wiesel losing faith because of his father so weak and frail and the idea of losing his life, and Elie rejecting to leave him alone in this condition. At the same time, “The Boys in the Boat” also show resilience by overcoming a loss of faith. For instance, “He did not want to get up, did not really care if he ever got up...He was sick and tired of finding himself scared and hurt and abandoned and endlessly asking himself why. From now on, he would make his own way. He would find his own route to happiness, as his father had said. He’d prove to his father and to himself that he could do it. He wasn’t going to be a hermit and live completely alone.” This quote means that Joe was about to give up on everything and that there’s no point in getting up every morning because he was just so lonely and unhappy. However, he wouldn’t let himself do that and waste his life. Instead, he was going to have a great mindset, not let anyone make him unhappy anymore, not feel lonely anymore, not be hurt anymore, and most importantly, not let anything get in his

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