Ethical Dilemmas and Wiesel's "Night" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Ethical Dilemmas and Wiesel's "Night"
An examination of the ethical dilemmas faced by the characters in Elie Wiesel's book, "Night."
# 117510 | 3,291 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 06, 2009 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , Ethics (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper give a brief summary of the work, "Night" by Elie Wiesel. It reviews the value systems at play and then discusses the ethical dilemmas faced by the characters in the book. The paper then discusses the primary ethical dilemma--man vs. himself--in "Night," and how it cannot possibly resolve itself under the circumstances of concentration camp life.

From the Paper:

"In the third step, Ruggiero outlines a procedure for a possible course of action. In terms of Elie Wiesel's possible courses of action, they were fairly limited. Given the circumstance and resources available, Wiesel was given an impossible scenario to maintain his ethical adherence to Judaism and God. While it is true that some maintained their practices and beliefs both during and after the Holocaust, Wiesel was in the majority in terms of abandoning at least some portion of his original beliefs. A possible different course of action could have been to simply put his beliefs on hold, so to speak, and revisit them after the tragedy had completed itself. This however, is illogical in that is simply ignores the massive dehumanization endured. Therefore, although different courses of action were available, Wiesel maintained a logical and ethical stance on his beliefs."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
  • Ruggiero, Vincent Ryan. Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008.

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