Essay about Summary Of ' Night By Elie Wiesel

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Selfishness in Wiesel’s Night

It is a human instinct to prioritize one 's well-being before others. We are constantly confronted with situations where we as humans have to take action for our own contentment. In the book, Night by Elie Wiesel, he shares his own traumatic experience of the Holocaust, which was a mass murder of 12 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, basically anyone who is different and wouldn’t fit into Adolf Hitler’s image of a perfect society. Despite how ruthless the Holocaust was, the Elie and his fellow prisoners fought and fought for their freedom, displaying how much humanity will fight for survival. By looking at the following examples: A child kills his own father for a loaf of bread, a son leaving his father behind during one of the march so he would not die, and Elie is debating if he should let his father die so he could have a higher chance of surviving. It becomes clear that Elie Wiesel`s commentary on human nature is that, during extreme circumstances, people are selfish and would achieve anything for their own survival.

Furthermore, In Wiesel’s novel, people strived to survive this injustice. For example, the Holocaust caused countless starvations, and people did anything for just a loaf of bread. We witness a child on the train steal bread from his own father, only to be beaten for the consequences later. The narrator reveals,
He collapsed. But his fist was still clutching a small crust. He wanted to raise…

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