Development of Eli and Oscar in the Book 'Night' and the Film 'Schindler's List'
Still today many books are still very important to many surroundings, they have tons of abilities and can hold a spot in your head forever. This book called ‘Night’ is definitely important especially to the writer Elie Wiesel. He was a huge survivor of a horrendous and frightening real-life event that took place in 1941 and 1945 known as the Holocaust or Shoah. The Holocaust took place in the broader context of World War II where Germany invaded Poland. It was a genocide that carried out during World War II and Jews were targeted among other groups. Others that were killed as well were many like Romani people, ethnic Poles, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, homosexuals, also Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mostly any group that didn’t match the behavior of prescribed norms were targeted. Throughout the text ‘Night’ and the film ‘Schindler’s List’, the protagonists Elie and Oskar both undergo immense character development through the suffering they experienced during the Holocaust, proving that trauma affects everyone differently.
Several ways that Elie developed throughout the book: before being sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, he experienced many of the scars and horrors of the Holocaust. Elie is a devout Jew and dedicated his whole life studying the Talmud and the Zohar. Elie spent the majority of his days worshiping God and praying in his local synagogue but mostly learning the secrets of the Kabbalah from Moishe the Beadle. Eventually Elie’s faith was being consumed by witnessing live infants being thrown in a crematorium. Elie started to lose faith in God, as well as his relationship with his father was changing. He never defended his father when he could have and he started to see his father as a liability rather than someone he should respect. The changes only intensify as Eli is forced to endure even more horrific events at the hands of his captors.
Several ways that Oskar developed throughout the book. At first, he’s just another wealthy German businessman, a loyal member of the Nazi Party. He was known as a very cruel and selfish person; Schindler was presented to be the number one and the idea of him being able to help or save others was simply unthinkable. Over the course of the film, he starts to realize he was losing touch with who he really was and understood the evil from the good. Schindler saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunition factories in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Almost every day we have many issues with virtue. Including deportations, fights or arguments or protesters. People protest every day to get their thoughts out even if another person doesn’t believe the same as them. People have the right to do many things but sometimes something small can turn into something big so fast. Elie in the book ‘Night’ expresses virtue and also changes because he is constantly believing in God and knows he’ll always have his back but other times he starts to wonder. Elie has watched many hangings and because of that he changed his whole internal voice because he was so traumatized and scarred of the situation.
The book ‘Night’ brings World War II to life in a very blunt way. It wasn’t drawn out or meant to horrify, it simply shows people the brutal reality of the oppression the Jewish people have had to experience. Elie changes several times and Oskar does in ‘Schindler’s List’, changing is something everyone does but you eventually have to realize who you really are. ‘Night’ uses an unprecedented tone to not only the story of the camps, but the story of a life in captivity and the post-traumatic stress and memories that will carry with Wiesel for the rest of his life. This story balances a greater understanding of religion, Jewish and the Jewish history.
During the Holocaust, millions of Jews were killed as result of Hitler wanting to make a master race. It was a terrible event for Jewish adults, but more so for the children. Most children under 18 would have been killed, as the Nazis saw no use for them. In the story ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, and the movie ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ by John Boyne both stories follow two families that were of different races during the war....
During World War II, Nazi Germany committed the most infamous genocide in history, the Holocaust. As a result, over 6 million Jews lost their lives in the horrific conditions inside concentration camps across Nazi occupied Europe. Fortunately, many of the prisoners of these concentration camps survived to share their stories. Among these is Elie Wiesel who, along with many others, survived thanks to social and physical resilience. Social resilience was one of the reasons why Elie and many other Jews...
Due to the barbarities that the Jewish people endured throughout the Holocaust, many abandoned their faith in God and humanity. Elie Wiesel’s memoir ‘Night’ recounts how as a 15-year-old boy, he and the Jewish people endure the hardships of the Holocaust. Wiesel was a Romanian-born Jew, whose hometown of Sighet was controlled by the Hungarians for most of the Second World War. By May of 1944, all Sighet Jews were forced into cattle wagons and transported to Auschwitz against their...
In 1986, during his Nobel Prize speech, Elie Wiesel said, “No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions” (Nobel). Wiesel was a holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to telling his story. One of his most famous books is his memoir, ‘Night’. Wiesel starts the memoir describing his life before the Holocaust, how he was a family man who heavily relied on God and the importance of his religion. His life was...
Throughout history society has been tested with catastrophic events that inflicted suffering upon certain demographics. These past experiences show that in moments of enduring pain even good people are capable of making bad choices. In his memoir, ‘Night’ (Weisel, 2006), Elie Wiesel vividly depicts how moments of intense suffering absolutely bring out the worst in the characters rather than the best. Support from ‘Wiesel Talks about Night and Life After the Holocaust’ (Elie Wiesel interviewed by Bob Costas, 1993), ‘The...
In the novel ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, the story is about a 12-year-old boy named Elie who faced trials and tribulations throughout the story. Elie begins to lose his faith when he faces a lot during the Holocaust. Elie faced being separated from his mother and his sister who disappeared when they arrived at Auschwitz. Elie originally planned to take care of his father but, Elie soon realized that his father started to give up. Elie wants to feel sorry...
World War II was a horrible war that killed millions, but sadly most of the casualties were innocent civilians. The Nazis were the driving force of killing civilians during the war with their death camps, or as they are known as concentration camps. During the war they targeted mainly Jews and the handy capped. ‘Night’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ both gave views of the Holocaust; one from the view of a Jew, and one of a fictional...
“A new survey by the Azrieli Foundation and Claims Conference finds, in April of 2018, an alarming 52% of millennials cannot name at least one concentration camp or ghetto, and nearly one quarter, or 22%, of millennials have not heard, or are not sure, if they have heard of the Holocaust” (Azrieli). The danger of a single story is the leading cause to genocide of a certain group. My purpose is to describe to the teachers in the RBHS English...
In the spring of 2005, Elie Wiesel was interviewed and asked a series of questions, most of them predicated on why still after his experience of this traumatic history event he still opt to believe and have faith in God. One of his answers was: “‘I am a person who has problems believing, and yet, in spite of them or perhaps because of them, I do believe’, Wiesel continues. ‘I think the right to doubt is one of the most...
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