Mercy And Grace Poem

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The Holocaust inspired many works of art such as the memoir Night and the poem “Mercy and Grace,” which both show how faith and religion declined with the Jewish people, with the more suffering, and torture they endured. For example, in the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel, a Jewish citizen of Sighet, and a Holocaust survivor, is watching the world slowly drip into chaos. Often times in his society, people are being dragged to concentration camps, and their families are separated. Then, as Wiesel arrives at the camp, where he is intoxicated by the smell of death surrounding the atmosphere, he starts to lose hope in life, and in God. While Wiesel lives in the camps, his faith is slowly being tested until he runs out of hope. Also, the purpose …show more content…
Many of his poems reflect his own thoughts and actions. However, the poem that links Wiesel's suffering and Olere’s, is called “Mercy and Grace.” In this poem, the Jewish people start to question the methods of their god, and why they are being tortured by him. This is explicitly shown through Olere’s style of rhetorical questions to get his point across by sparking thought. Clearly, the purpose of the poem is to express the severity of torment the Jewish people suffered by showing how they lost their trust in god. Olere wrote about this aspect because when a person loses faith, it is not for a trivial reason, a person may lose faith because of a death, or extreme trauma, which many of the Jewish people went through during the Holocaust. Overall, Olere’s poem “Mercy and Grace.” and Wiesel's Night, both highlight how the loss of faith is a recurring problem within the times of the …show more content…
This can be seen in “Mercy and Grace,” as the Jewish people wonder, “how many more [does God] want? How many more do you need? How long does it take lord, before you are fed up with our blood?” (Olere) This displays that the people were desperate for answers on why God was hurting them, as they resorted to asking God because they do not know why their god was putting his people through this trauma. The stanza also provides a sense of imagery, where many Jewish people are on their knees begging to the sky, in hopes of God’s answer. Additionally, the image this stanza gives off shows how much the people have suffered, and because they did not know why this was happening, many of them believed God was trying to torture them.However, they did not know a reason for his methods. Also, Wiesel experiences the same feelings, as he too does not know what is happening to his community. For example, when Wiesel's society is being split up into Ghettos, and when they are mistreated by the officers, Wiesel is being tortured because,“There could be no greater torment in God’s hell than that of being stranded here” (Wiesel 16). This shows that Wiesel also believes god is trying to torture him, but what he does not know is why, and this is because hell is a place, in Jewish religion, were unimaginable suffering takes place, but for only

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