Ghetto Gospel Analysis

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Why were ghettos created? Elie Wiesel, the author behind “Night”, writes about his life during WW2 in his autobiographical novel “Night”; which outlines and includes his life in the ghettos and in the concentration camps. On the other hand, Tupac and Elton John reminisce Tupac’s “hood days” in Tupac’s and Elton John’s song titled, “Ghetto Gospel”. Both pieces of writings, “Night” by Elie Wiesel and “Ghetto Gospel” written by Tupac and Elton John, although evidently contrast in tones and in the manner in which it was developed, ultimately result in similar themes. There are various ways in which an author develops their tone to result in an equally similar theme as the other author. In “Ghetto Gospel” the composer develops his tone through …show more content…
Elie Wiesel in “Night” is sent to a ghetto with his family and the rest of the Jews of Sight, to live there and seclude and segregate the from non-Jews where they are then ultimately extracted from to be relocated to concentration camps without the knowledge of the Jews. While Elie Wiesel is narrating parts of his life to convey the theme of one deceiving oneself in desperate situations hoping for the best in desperate situations, the author is also trying to create an effect with the literary devices while still conveying the tone and theme. For example, Wiesel utilizes repetition to set the tone of one being hopeful in page 20, “We cannot give up, we cannot give up, she kept repeating.” The character is clearly not discouraged because she is emphasizing the “we cannot give up” part. Another example where the author utilizes literary devices is in “Tragically for those who had been deported, it would be too late. As for us, chances were that we would be allowed to go on with our miserable little lives until the end of the war” which is ironic due to the Jews living their lives, until the end of the war, in concentration camps, which was literally miserable. The tone of the writing is extremely positive because the characters claimed to not want to give up and even said that “chances were that we would be allowed to go …show more content…
In "Ghetto Gospel" Tupac and Elton John conveyed the theme of one discovering peace and hope in a world where there is plenty of pain. While in "Night" Elie Wiesel conveys the theme of one deceiving and hoping for the best in desperate situations. Both writings resulted in similar themes because both present situations that demonstrate despair or suffering that lead to wanting peace/hope at the end. For example, Elie Wiesel in "Night" wants to hold on to hope because he doesn't know what his future holds and it's the not knowing the exact destination that is driving everyone insane. Some people even created fictional destinations/events and said "'They just want to steal our valuables... so much easier to do while on vacation'". Having something positive to hold on to aid the Jews in maintaining their peace. On the other hand, in "Ghetto Gospel", Tupac wants peace and hope because of his personal experience in the hoods/ghettos. Tupac even says "If I recollect before my hood days...I stop and stare at the younger, my heart goes to 'em", the songwriter understands the pain the youth is experiencing and if he mentions, "we left them a world that's cursed, and it hurts 'cause one day they'll push the button", then that means the only way one can stop those things from occuring is if one "finds peace and [ends] the war in the streets." Both writers create a theme that

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