Elie Wiesel Function Of Memory

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The Function of Memory Elie Wiesel, a Nobel-Prize winning writer, once said, “ Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” Wiesel, explains the importance of memory and why it 's important to remember, even when people might want to forget. Memories are the moments people remember from their past; memories are essential to a large extent, because it’s the glue to what holds a person together. Memories are important because someone like Anne Frank used her memories to share what could not be experienced by others, to change the perspective of the world. Also memories are to incredibly important to forget, forgetting allows people to live, but memories help people to survive. It’s …show more content…
Which is why there are illnesses such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) which occurs in many war veterans, who have let their past get to the best of them. Wouldn’t it easier if a person could just forget? It would make life a whole lot easier if people could; that way we could live life without the memories that hinder people to grow. It would mean people could live their life the way they modified it. Umberto Eco once said, “The function of memory is not only to preserve, but also to throw away. If you remembered everything from your entire life, you would be sick.” This quote shares that the memories a person makes can be forgotten to what a person wants to see, and they should feel entitled to want to forget or else they will be consumed by their past. Which is all true, life isn’t made to be changed it 's made to live out, wouldn’t one want to live out their life, rather than deleting and readjusting to perfect it. Life isn’t perfect, but the memories one makes shouldn’t be forgotten for they are valued by …show more content…
Meaning, a person can never predict what might happen in their life, and to have memories that were once filled with happiness and luminescent colors, could change rapidly into the moments people hold onto, because they have nothing more than just their memory. Franklin Pierce, who was the fourteenth President of United States, once indicated, “ Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.” This quote goes to show that their is no rewind button to go back to the memories people hold to their heart. The gruesome past and the reassuring memories have the same effect on a person. Sometimes it 's easier to let the memories go, to live life with the happiness it was meant to live out. However, it 's a choice to mourn over the memories a person can never see again, or to make new ones and remember how to jump over the hurdles life decides to

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