Dangers Of Fear Essay

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Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.” Inhumanity is mankind’s worse attribute. Ordinary humans sometimes are driven to the point were they have no choice but to think of themselves. This indifference can result in inhumanity. One of the most famous example used today, is the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, demonstrates how fear is a deliberating force that causes people to act in ways they never thought possible. After being forced into concentration camps, Elie and his family have seen and done such cruel acts that have traumatized him for life. His fears rob Elie of his innocence and lead him to lose faith along with the breakdown close relationships.
Throughout the book, it is clear that Elie has a constant struggle with the belief in god. Prior to Auschwitz, Elie was eager, even motivated to learn about the Jewish mystics. Yet, after he has been exposed to the reality of the concentration camps, Elie began to question God. According to Elie, God “caused thousands of children to burn...He kept six crematoria working day and night...He created Auschwitz, Birkenau, [and] Buna”(67). Elie could not believe the atrocity going on around him. He could not believe that the God he follows tolerated such things. During times of sorrow, when everyone was praying and sanctifying His name, Elie no longer wanted to praise the lord; He was at the point of giving up. The fact that the, “Terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent”(33) caused Elie to lose hope and faith. Keeping silent about such inhumanity is just as destructive as the ones causing the savagery. Elie could not believe in a god that evil. One particular day, Elie had to witness a traumatic episode were an innocent child slowly suffers an unpleasant death. At this point, to Elie, God is “hanging from the gallows” (65). Elie had officially stop believing in his faith. Before the concentration camps, Elie would have thought it was a preposterous idea to lose faith, yet he has. The fear and the desire to survive caused Elie to give up on his faith.
Such cruelty as the concentration camps begins to push prisoners to the point of morality or survival. Similar things can cause the breakdown of close relationships and bonds. Throughout the book, many father-son bonds were put to the test and, unfortunately, not all survived. One of these people were Rabbi Eliahu and his son. During the twenty kilometer death march, Rabbi Eliahu had lost his beloved son, yet in reality, his son “had felt [him] growing weaker...believed that this separation to set [free] himself of a burden that could diminish his own chance for survival” (91). The will to live had overpowered the fabricated firm bond that was his one and only motive to live. The fear had made his son delusional which deceived him into believing that Rabbi Eliahu was a...

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