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Humankind and "Night"
This paper discusses Elie Wiesel's themes and views regarding humankind in his personal account "Night".
# 123011 | 2,500 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (World) , Philosophy (Religion) , Sociology (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper provides a discussion of the themes and lessons of Elie Wiesel in his personal account of surviving the concentration camps during the Holocaust of WWII, "Night". Using Rousseau's assertion that "man is born free but everywhere remains in chains," the discussion argues Wiesel's text supports this view of humankind.

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"During the Enlightenment the philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau asserted in 'The Social Contract' that 'Man is born free everywhere he is in chains'. If we focus on this statement in relation to Elie Wiesel's biographical account of surviving the horrors and atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps in "Night" we see that the author does not lose his faith during his internment but does lose his belief in a just or merciful God. Despite the atrocities of the concentration camp. Wiesel relates his suffering and those ..."

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