Essay on The Capabilities Of Man: Night Analysis

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Eli Wiesel’s memoir, Night, is a story of horror, suffering, and pain. Wiesel tells his horrific tale of being a survivor of the atrocity, known as the Holocaust. Dreamt up by Adolf Hitler in 1942, “The Final Solution” became one of the biggest genocidal acts in human history (insert citation). The plot to kill 11 million Jews quickly became Nazi Germany’s obsession. Which could be disputed, lead to their downfall. Through out Wiesel’s piece, Night; Wiesel explores human capabilities by exploring 3 main, central conflicts. The 3 conflicts Wiesel explores in his narrative are survival vs. sacrifice, light vs. darkness, and civility vs. savagery, by sharing certain events that occurred during his time at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In Eli …show more content…
In addition, Wiesel, intentionally or unintentionally, paints a perfect allusion to his former German captors. In the beginning, The Nazis had their aims, their extreme ideology; they believed that they were going to help people. However, towards the end of World War II, killing the Jewish populace became all about survival for them. They needed to cover up the horrendous acts that they had committed. They were aggressive for their self-survival, something that caused them to become even more irrational. The S.S officers in charge let this internal skirmish get the better of them. They turned into bestial creatures, by increasing their efforts to kill the Jewish people faster than ever. Eli Wiesel uses these examples to depict the fact that the internal conflict of survival vs. sacrifice can make even the best of people become self centered and vile. In the narrative, Night, Wiesel faces a conflict we all face from time to time. Light vs. Dark; young Wiesel must chose if he is going to clasp on to hope or become one of the hopeless. “I myself didn't know whether I wanted the day to go by quickly or not. I was afraid of finding myself alone that evening. How good it would be to die right here! (Night 75).” In this scene, we see young Eli struggling to keep hope after he believes his father has been killed in the “selection.” Wiesel talks about how he is “afraid of finding himself alone.” Though out the novel we get the impression that Wiesel

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