Night And When Broken Glass Floats : Elie Wiesel And Chanrity Him

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Night and When Broken Glass Floats
Both Elie Wiesel and Chanrity Him went through traumatic, and life changing experiences during their lives. They both went through the dramatic change in leadership in the societies that they lived in. Both regimes that were attempting to take control of both Wiesel and Him’s societies used forceful and brutal tactics to those who didn’t fit in their idea of society. The things that Wiesel and Him experienced during each of their societies attempt at revolution are both very similar, yet different at the same time. The regimes behind these attempted revolutions somewhat defied what both Frederic Bastiat and Karl Marx thought about government and the role ...view middle of the document...

Never.” Camps like these are also seen in “When Broken Glass Floats”, as Chanrithy Him describes throughout her story. When the Khmer Rouge took control of government in Cambodia, they wanted to instill a communist form of government. They wanted to control society completely, making sure that it functioned exactly as they wanted it to. The Khmer Rouge forced people into hard labor, into labor camps. The people in these camps were forced to work, and were killed if they didn’t. Him witnessed the murdering of both of her parents, and her siblings in these labor camps. These people that both regimes did not see fit for their idea of society were turned basically into slaves. They were at the bottom of the bottom, with no hope of moving up in society.
Although the experiences that Wiesel and Him went through are similar, they are also quite different as well. The Nazi’s were trying to instill a socialist form of government. They were eliminating the people that they didn’t see fit to live in their society. Wiesel was a Jewish person, and the Jewish religion was seen as very impure in the eyes of the Nazi’s. They didn’t agree with the materialistic ways of the Jewish religion, as it did not comply with their idea of a socialistic government. The Khmer Rouge however was trying to instill a communist form of government. They took the people who were already the underlings of society and forced them into labor, so that the higher classed people of society could reap all of the benefits. They instilled fear into the civilians, the fear of being put to death if they did not cooperate. Night shows us how the Nazi’s were more discriminative in eliminating people that they saw to be unfit and unworthy of living in their society, while When Broken Glass Floats shows us how the Khmer Rouge took...

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