Never Give In
As Babe Ruth, a famous baseball player once said, “It is hard to beat a person who never gives up.” When facing a challenge that requires an immense amount of perseverance or let alone, any obstacle in life, the person that sticks to it eventually comes out with an answer or solution. With morale very close to this, the Greeks were determined to outwork the Nazis in World War II in order to reclaim their country. Modern Greek authors such as Ileana Karafilly and other anonymous poets like those translated by Wislawa Szymbroska portray characters in their works that exemplify the concept of having the drive to pursue what you want by hard work and a strong willed attitude of putting personal needs ahead of others. Being trapped in Greece’s Nazi invaded society that was stuck in an “every-man for them self” perspective, no one could trust one another. Once the people realized that they would have to fight for what they wanted, the citizens and characters were able to achieve anything they set their minds to as long as they were willing to work for it. This fight to regain their home country began on April 6, 1941 when Germany invaded Greece and the conflict began. With the country no longer in control of Greeks, but rather in foreign control, pandemonium spread within the country(Livanos 15-16). While Nazis were in control people lived in resistance, wanting to fight the Nazis in order to regain their freedom(Livanos 1-3). Finally on October of 1944 Greece was liberated, however with Greece left in bad shape, its economy failed and has remained weak still to this present day (Shiller 15-18).
The struggle to survive theses conflicts are portrayed in the literary works of authors such as Irena Karafilly, who wrote the novel, “The Captive Sun”. She lived a tough life under the control of the invading German Nazis. With the time she grew up in, she had a lack of connection with her family and only achieved some professional education. For most of society including her, the only concerns included hardships such as poverty and family matters. However, this lack of education would be acquired over time but the emotional experiences would not. With the authors of the poems anonymous, we can assume by others experiences, that the poet’s issues of the time were probably similar to those of Irena Karafilly. With the Greeks living through World War II, hatred for the Nazis arose as the people of Greece were constantly struggling through the hard times, which had influence over their works. With such turbulent times, writers of the era were committed to spreading and preserving the story of the people and their country.
“The Captive Sun” by Irena Karafilly shows many aspects of the ancient Greek’s reputation for their strong-willed hearts and drive by portraying the characters initiative to take actions in order to reach their end desires and means. The main character not only survives the Nazis reign, but somehow avoids being sent to...