Faith in the Face of Evil Analytical Essay by Nicky

Faith in the Face of Evil
An analysis of the suffering and horror in Elie Wiesel's "Night" and Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus".
# 128685 | 1,126 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 04, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Holocaust Studies (General)


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The paper describes how Elie Wiesel's memoir "Night" and Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus" depict the central protagonists' personal horror in a world seemingly absent of any moral center.
The paper looks at how Elie Wiesel faces man's inhumanity to man in the concentration camp of Auschwitz, while Oedipus confronts the end of his existence after a lifetime of misery. The paper examines how Oedipus and Wiesel respond to their suffering and attempt to answer why suffering exists.

From the Paper:

"Elie Wiesel's short, searing memoir Night and the Greek tragedian Sophocles "Oedipus at Colonus" depict the central protagonists confronting absolute, utter personal horror in a world seemingly absent of any moral center. Both Elie Wiesel and Oedipus face some of the worst circumstances any human beings can conceive of--the death of a parent, the death of their place in society, the death of their concept of God, and the death of their concept of self. In Night, Elie Wiesel faces man's inhumanity to man in the form of the concentration camps of Auschwitz. In "Oedipus at Colonus," Oedipus confronts the end of his existence after a lifetime of misery. Wiesel must accept the death of his father and witnesses an attempt to eradicate his entire people, civilization, and culture by a supposedly civil society. Both men suffer unjustly--Oedipus never did anything 'wrong,' at least not when he was condemned as a baby to murder his father and marry his mother. But events still conspire to bring these actions about. Similarly, Wiesel never committed any wrong actions, but merely because he was a Jew, he became the subject of murderous persecution. These individuals must ask, and try to answer the question--what to make of a world of suffering?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sophocles. "Oedipus at Colonus."
  • Wiesel, Elie. Night. Oprah's Book Club Edition. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.

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