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What have we learned?

What have we learned about the human condition, about humanity, and about human nature from our reading of Elie Wiesel's memoir Night?
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Jen Ward

on 12 October 2016

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What have we learned?
The opposite of love is not hate,
it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death,
it's indifference.
--Elie Wiesel
Elie
Thematic
connections:
The dangers of ignorance and apathy.
The effects of bystanders.
The issue of blame.
Fate versus luck.
The loss of one's humanity.
The power of fear.
The group versus the individual.
The nature of evil and human cruelty.
"My forehead was bathed in cold sweat. But I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it.

'Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible, even these crematories...'" (33).
How does one lose his humanity?
Theme:
When people are stripped of their unique identity, they lose their connection with others and lose their humanity.
Loss of Home
Loss of job.
Loss of name.
Loss of unique identity.
loss of belongings
Loss of Individuality.
What does such
loss
do to a
person?
How do we make sure
that such events do not
continue to repeat themselves?
How do
make sure that Elie's story
does not get lost on the book shelf?
How do
make sure people see the faces
behind the statistics?
Know the story behind
the numbers?
What can
DO?
How can we be stripped of our humanity?
US News & World Report (27 October 1986)
Demonstrate your understanding of a significant theme found in Elie Wiesel's NIGHT by crafting a well-written theme statement and supporting it with thoughtfully selected evidence from the text.
Connections to today:
Not only do we see many examples in our war-torn world today of people who have been traumatized by having their rights taken away who are then treated as less than human - women in the Congo, children in Sierra Leone, rebels in North Korea - but we also see people lose bits of their humanity each day in our hallways. Everytime we call someone "gay" or "faggot", when we yell out "geek" or "retard", we strip away the unique qualities of a person and reduce them to one derogatory name. We take away what makes them a person by giving them a label, which in turn makes it easier for others to forget about the individual and continue to dehumanize the label.
Making Connections:
review our theme notes at https://goo.gl/3xniNO

How do you develop a theme statement?
Start by asking a question connected to our thematic ideas. What intrigued you as your read?

Let's work through an example:
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