Characterization Of The Book Night By Elie Wiesel Essay example

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Anne Frank, a young Jew who was killed in a concentration camp, once said in her famous diary, “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Like Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, the author of the memoir Night, the first-hand account of a Holocaust survivor, also experienced the horrific events of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel illustrates through his use of characterization that he too believes there is still hope for humanity even in the darkest of situations. Elie Wiesel included many people from the concentration camp that showed a sense of peace and hope for all humanity. One of the main guards on his block, named the Dutch Oberkappo, was one of these people. Wiesel says on page 63 “He had some seven hundred prisoners under his command, and they all loved him like a brother. Nobody had ever endured a blow or even an insult from him.” In fact, the Dutch Oberkappo was even leading a revolt for the Jews. On page 63, when the Gestapo found a stockpile of weapons Wiesel says “They found a trail, it led back to the block of the Dutch Oberkappo.” Then, when the German soldiers were questioning the Dutch Oberkappo, he did not release any names of partners that were working alongside him to lead the revolt. Even though the Oberkappo risked his life for the Jews and was eventually killed for trying to help the Jews, it was a main source of hope for not just Wiesel, but all of the other Jews as well. The Oberkappo was a German soldier in a concentration…

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