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Night theme project: injustice
Transcript of Night theme project: injustice
night by Elie Wiesel presents the idea that injustice when faced will rear its ugly head causing those in his path to suffer.
Example one of injustice
“In the afternoon, they made us line up. Three prisoners brought a table and some medical instruments. We were told to roll up our left sleeves and file past the table. The three "veteran" prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.” (3.143)
Analysis of quote
the injustice of being stripped of name and identity. The way they are given numbers tells the reader that the NAZI’s were not only dehumanizing the Jewish people, but also unfairly stripping them of their rights as humans. Using those numbers as a reminder that in those camps they were not free, that no matter what they were noting but animals (to the NAZI’s anyway).
“I was nothing but a body. Perhaps even less: a famished stomach. The stomach alone was measuring time.” (4.61)
This quote shows how the Jews were treated terribly, not just Wiesel but all who were in the concentration camp. The injustice of being starved like animals. Of not being treated like people. Of being stripped of ones rights
More examples of injustice
“We received no food. We lived on snow; it took the place of bread. The days resembled the nights, and the nights left in our souls the dregs of their darkness. The train rolled slowly, often halted for a few hours, and continued. It never stopped snowing. We remained lying on the floor for days and nights, one on top of the other, never uttering a word. We were nothing but frozen bodies. Our eyes closed, we merely waited for the next stop, to unload our dead.” (7.23)
they are being moved to another camp. No one bothers to feed them, everyone is frozen, people are dying and no one cares, much like in the real world. If a stray dog dies only those that knew of its existence and cared would be sad about its passing. Much like that example the Germans knew of the Jews but did not care and only followed orders. While the officers of the camp or warm and comfy (I assume) being well fed and such, the Jews go hungry and cold.
“Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out, swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing …
And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes. And we were forced to look at him at close range. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still red, his eyes not yet extinguished.
Behind me, I heard the same man asking:
"For God’s sake, where is God?"
And from within me, I heard a voice answer:
"Where He is? This is where—hanging here from this gallows …"
That night the soup tasted of corpses.” (4.206-212)
they murdered a child. No repercussions, no justice, nothing. The Jews watched as a child was hung and spent more than half an hour lingering between life and death. The constant injustice in this book is starting to take its toll and many are losing faith in god because of it.
“Yet another last night. The last night at home, the last night in the ghetto, the last night in the train, the last night in Buna.”
the injustice of being forcefully ripped away from the things that make us human. “The last night at home” he says goodbye to his last happy memory. “The last night in the ghetto” he says goodbye to the town he grew up in, his innocence, and child hood memories. “The last night in the train” he says goodbye to his freedom. “The last night in Buna.” He says goodbye to his life, he was no longer human just the shell of a human one whose corpse of a body refuses to die.
Did you learn something?