Genocide In Night By Elie Wiesel And Left To Tell And Night

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Left to tell and Night Genocide is the intentional killing of a large group of people. It occurs and perpetuates to occur throughout the world. In Night by Elie Wiesel and Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza describes the of surviving of Genocides. Wiesel and Ilibagiza share their experience of massacres that occurred in their homelands. Common themes found in Night and Left to Tell such as genocide, man’s faith, family relationships, and self preservation will be compared to each other. Events throughout both stories were often caused by man’s inhumanity towards his fellowmen. In Night people were burned alive especially those who were not fit for manual labor. “Babies! Yes, I saw it- saw it with my own eyes… those children …show more content…
Wiesel’s father protects and keeps him safe and vice versa. “Don’t be afraid, son sleep you can sleep. I’ll look after you myself” ( Wiesel 66). Wiesel was finally receiving some rest after they left camp Auschwitz and forced to run for miles. Wiesel’s father made sure that Wiesel didn’t sleep for too long for fear the he might not ever wake up again Just as Wiesel’s father Ilibagiza’s father was also protective. “Don’t worry, my sweetheart. I’m here, and I’m going to protect you. It’s cold outside, and you need to get some rest. Now go inside and lie down” ( Ilibagiza 48). Ilibagiza was worried about the Hutus attacking so she did not want to rest. Her father told her to get some rest and assured her that he would protect here if there was any …show more content…
Wiesel and Ilibagiza were constantly put through life and death situations. It would only be natural to think about yourself and do whatever is necessary to protect yourself. In night Wiesel shows many signs of self preservation. During a selection prisoners line up and are tested on whether or not they are physically healthy enough to work. Wiesel passed and did not have to go to the gas chambers.“At that moment, what did the others matter?” (Wiesel 53). He was glad that he passed and didn’t care about anyone but himself. Self preservation is rarely found in Left to Tell. There are times when she does what other people ask her to like when her father told her to go to the pastor’s house. “ You 're a young woman, and It 's too dangerous for you here. Go to pastor Murinzi’s house, and in a few days when the troubles are over, I will come and get you myself” (Ilibagiza 54). She could have stayed and refused not to go but went to anyways. Wiesel shows more self preservation compared to

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