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Night Final Essay

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Many people don’t care about something or an issue until it happens directly to them or to their loved ones. Even if it were nations becoming alienated, they wouldn’t want to go near the problem or the unfairness and instead, they choose to runaway. Elie Wiesel addresses this problem in a short paragraph by saying: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere…. Action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all.” Elie Wiesel asserts that the world community is responsible to interfere when acts such as mass murder or genocide occur. He says that “silence encourages the tormentor” and “indifference is the most insidious danger of all”. One must speak out against oppression so there can be a difference. When one remains silent and doesn’t act, they are encouraging the person responsible for the genocide, not the victim. Thus, at times when one thinks that they are just being neutral, this neutrality invites more oppression, and even worse, if one were to have a whole nation with this type of mindset. That is why I agree to Elie Wiesel’s contention about standing up against oppression.
Most people think that their voice or action against injustice won’t help because they are just one human being, but if one were to have a whole nation with this type of mentality, then there would be no one to stop the oppression from continuing. Elie Wiesel’s book, “Night,” shows the hardships and traumatizing events that Wiesel had gone through. For example: “ As we were permitted to bend down, we took out our spoons and ate the snow off our neighbors backs. A mouthful of bread and a spoonful of snow. The SS men who were watching were greatly amused by the spectacle.”(96) This shows as if some people enjoy it when they see the hardship people have to through and it makes one think if they even had an ounce of humanity in them. In his book he states, ““I am not so naïve as to believe that this slim volume will change the course of history or shake the conscience of the world. Books no longer have the power they once did. Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.”(x i i) Here Wiesel is saying that he is aware that the book he wrote only tells about the events that happened and he understands that people will still remain unaffected and continue with ignoring the problems of the world. During the Holocaust, Wiesel describes, everyone was fending for his or her own goods, not caring about anyone or anything other than themselves. The Jewish were thinking of a way to escape this nightmare while the people around them were thinking of the fastest way leave so they won’t be too involved with them. This type of mindset, fending only for ones own welfare, was what probably led to the massacre of so many Jewish people and people from other nations as well. Elie Wiesel describes this by saying: “The passengers on our boat were amusing...

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