Literary Analysis Of Night

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Desensitized by Numbers There were many effects on people, not just soldiers, after World War I had ended. So many people died in such an impersonal war that humans, in parts of the world, were desensitized by the numbers of casualties and thought human life was dispensable. This feeling erupted in Germany in the form of the Holocaust. Daily, people would get readings of maybe 150,000 to 200,000 dying in a single battle that didn’t move the line of control more than 10 miles either way. Elie Wiesel shows the horrors of inhumanity in his novel, Night, a true story of his experiences in the concentration camps. He writes about the tribulations of the camps and how a bad day for the Kapo could mean death for the prisoners. Strides in tolerance have been made since the Holocaust. John Aloysius Farrell, in his essay, “Why Do They Visit?”, tries to show that humans have overcome the modern day dark ages. Farrell tells the story of the opening of the U.S Holocaust museum and everyone’s doubt of it being a success. Despite the predictions, the museum is one of the most visited in our country. He tries to answer the question, “why do they come”. Through faith in God, Wiesel is able to survive and Wiesel, throughout his book, talks of emotions and feelings he had while in the concentration camps. “In part because of such savageries as the Holocaust, the idea of God has not fared well in the 20th Century. And the museum, and the topic of the Holocaust itself, may seem a strange place in which to search for divinity” (Why do they visit?). Wiesel admits that at times he lost faith in God as well. He could not, for one, grasp the reality of what was going on in the camps, and second why God was letting it happen. “’Where is God now?’ And I heard a voice within me answer: ‘Where is He? Here He is- He is hanging here on the gallows’”. Wiesel had faltering faith in God and showed
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