How Can Literature Change The World? Essay

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How Can Literature Change the World?
Moral apathy refers to the lack of interest, feeling, concern and the total indifference towards doing what is right. Elie Wiesel’s “Night” is a deeply poignant and candid account of an autobiographical nature regarding his survival during the Holocaust. Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring” exposed the hazardous effects of DDT, a commonly used pesticide on the natural world. Her work sparked a lot of debate and resulted in a modern environmental movement. Her scientific rigor and perspective created substantial depth that led to the debate within the scientific field and the broader world with regard to the effect of pesticides. This paper will discuss how both of these writers have struggled against moral apathy.
In the “Night” the author recounts of his life with his father in the concentration camps in Buchenwald and Auschwitz. He was deported to the Nazi German camps together with his mother, father, and sister. Their daily life was excruciating and they were poorly fed, brutally disciplined, and they were constantly struggling against the overwhelming despair. At one point in the story, Wiesel for a small infraction received 25 lashings with a whip. As the German army closed in, in 1945, Wiesel and his family were transported to Buchenwald where his youngest sister, father and mother eventually died. After the war, Wiesel was liberated by the American troops and he settled as a journalist in New York. His book expressed the anger…

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