Various psychologists and researchers have theorized about which qualities keep people alive in life-threatening conditions. Some researchers found that there are certain psychological factors, personality traits, responsibilities, and motivations to survive that prevent people from “letting go.” Others have found that it is sheer luck that keeps a person alive in deadly situations. There are many distinctive qualities and motivations proven to help one survive life or death situations. The Holocaust, a deadly event in history, has made the topic of survival a prominent issue in our society. Viktor Frankl, a psychologist and holocaust survivor himself, proved his main philosophy of Logotherapy saying that one could live only for as long as one’s life has meaning (The Belief Engine).
Dear John Boyne, There are many interesting writings about the Holocaust, but I feel that your book brought up very different point from this dark period of history. “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” took me on a journey from a 9 year old boy’s perspective. I could have easily sympathized with Bruno and Shmuel’s character, and it did not take me long to realize that innocence can lead to destruction. Bruno was kept in the dark about his father’s work. His innocence and lack of knowledge about what was going on in the concentration camp, lead him to a tragic death.
DuWayne Grinnell ENG 263 5/2/13 My Analysis on Bartleby the Scrivener The story is very interesting as the self-characterization of the narrator was significant to the plot. The narrator is a safe man who takes slight risks and attempts to adjust to his surroundings. I had observed that the narrator was deeply concerned about the financial security and comfort of life which were his core priorities. Bartleby was a confused loner who was hired by an old lawyer (the narrator) to work at his business which entailed titles, mortgages and bonds. Bartleby was basically hired for copying the text but eventually he started refusing the work requested by the lawyer.
Night and Life is Beautiful Comparison/Contrast Paragraph In the film Life is Beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni, and the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, silence plays both a literal and symbolic role. In the book Wiesel describes how the oppressive forces of the Nazi regime silenced the Jewish prisoners. He also shows the symbolic silence they experienced from feeling abandoned by the rest of the world and their God, “Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live” (Wiesel 34). Elie recognizes that God fails to respond to their faith, and in a sense abandons them. On Yom Kippur, Elie decides not to fast as a symbol of rebellion against God’s silence.
In his novel, Victor thorn claims that the holocaust was a hoax. He claims that it would have been impossible to organize such a catastrophic event while fighting a war. He does believe that many Jews were forced into concentration camps, but he states that these were work camps, used to make goods for the war. He points out the flaws in witness testimonies, the lack of hard evidence, and also uses science to support his claims. He includes many references and photos to support his claims.
Thucydides believed that a “good man” was a strong man that could defend himself and his family and could handle himself in any adverse situation. He could be a kind and gentle person but also ruthless to his enemies. He would become self-sufficient both physically and spiritually and his body and soul could survive any change to world around him. We can compare this to modern times in which a man is judged by how he takes care of his family, putting food on the table and a roof over their head. When a man is about to die he can look back at his life and determine if it was a “good life” by analyzing what took place during his life.
Yet what makes this speech powerful is it has the ability to relate to and possibly persuade the audience in an effective manner. This aspect grants him the power to fulfill his life’s purpose which is to educate the audience of the evil of indifference and to learn from past mistakes. Elie Wiesel was a victim of the Nazi hatred toward the Jews in World War II. He was sent to a ghetto and then to several concentration camps. He survived the horror and was liberated by American soldiers, but he has been changed forever.
What seems incomprehensible to reason is why God, an almighty and good being, would let Satan freely oppress Job, an innocent man. Despite the loss of his livestock and children, Job still displayed confidence in God’s will even though his gracious creator had let him suffer for no apparent reason. Disappointed and beaten, Satan, requests God to let him test Job once more. To let Job suffer in the first place seems unrighteous, however, God allows him to be tested again, even though Job still remained faithful to God after losing his children and means of living. In his second trial, huge and painful sores spread over Job’s body, but he continues to be loyal to God, in spite of his own wife suggesting to curse God for his suffering.
By placing his faith in man rather than God, he does not receive "any more comfort" (Everyman 304). The same discouragement greets Everyman after his talks with Cousin and Kindred. After Kindred and Cousin leave him, Everyman realizes that "fair promises men to me make, / but when I have most need they me forsake" (Everyman 370-371). Since man will not help him, he turns to goods. Everyman realizes that the goods he has loved his whole life do nothing but hinder his eternal happiness.
Abraham Replied that his brothers had Moses and The Prophets and if they do not listen to them then they will not listen to a man that had risen from the dead. This parable is simply saying that God blesses us with everything we have. Some people are more fortunate then others and it is only fair that we share with those who cannot help themselves. When we bless other people God becomes pleased with us and blesses us more. Helping others was something The Rich Man did not know how to do.