Malcolm X and Eliezer from Wiesel's "Night"
A comparison of the faith and spirituality in the face of suffering of Malcolm X and the character, Eliezer from Elie Wiesel's "Night."
# 112150 | 932 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Feb 13, 2009 in Literature (World) , African-American Studies (Historical Figures) , Religion and Theology (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)
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This paper compares the ways that Malcolm X and the character, Eliezer from Elie Wiesel's book, "Night" deal with their oppression. It specifically discusses their faith and spirituality and how they use these in dealing with the oppression they experience. The paper suggests that in the face of unparalleled human suffering Eliezer was not able to use his faith to actively overcome his oppression, but rather, ultimately succumbed to it.
From the Paper:"When Eliezer first came to the concentration camp and saw all the walking skeletons or the resigned and injured Jews, he could not believe that this was real. Like the persecution of the blacks in the case of Malcolm X, Eliezer faced persecution due to his religious beliefs. He was a teenager who got hurt. He felt that he might have been dreaming. Contrary to Malcolm X's proactive personality that gained wisdom from suffering in prison and from discrimination against his race, Eliezer submitted to his sensitive nature and to pain. He gave up with the other Jews, on life. Malcolm X and Eliezer were both intelligent and wanted to learn. Eliezer wanted to study Jewish mysticism before going off to the concentration camp. But as opposed to Malcolm X's innocent makeover, and incorporation of what he learned through his struggle for truth, Eliezer degenerated and turned from awareness to lack of knowledge and hopelessness (Wiesel)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Haley, Alex. 1966. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove P.
- Wiesel, Elie. 1961. Night. Trans. Stella Rodway. New York: Hill & Wang, 1961.
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