“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”, Abraham Lincoln. As a leader, your decisions will have tremendous impact on the people around you. Adversity tests a man’s determination; however power brings out their inner ego. According to the Australian Oxford Dictionary, power is ‘the ability to act effectively’, while some leaders in the past have made differences in history and provided their people with justice, there are impacts we would rather forget. Ultimately however, it depends on the individual on how the define power. It is usually through power that such gruesome acts on injustice can take place. In the memoir night, the Nazis abuse their power immensely when “they shot their prisoners…Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine gins”. If people are not respected as individuals and they are treated as animals, as the Jews were, they begin to feel as anonymous human beings solely concerned about their survival. In order to keep fighting, resilience is needed to overcome adversity as Elie says, “We had already lived through so much that night, we thought nothing could frighten us any more”. Elie had a strong character which led him to the survival of the Holocaust. Through a variety of methods that are detailed in the memoir, the Nazis denied the Jews basic rights of freedom and religious pursuits by enclosing them into concentration camps. Through acts of racism leads the loss of identity and faith. It is in times of hardship when families play an enormous role in our lives. Over a period of time in the memoir ‘Night’, Elie questions Gods existence “For God’s sake, where is God?...where is he?”. The Jews desperately tried to keep their religion alive however it became virtually impossible. “Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever”, Elie says when “men, women and children were being burned”.
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