Making Connections

Topics: Elie Wiesel, Slumdog Millionaire, Human Pages: 5 (1993 words) Published: March 9, 2013
How can man act inhumane to humankind? I have chosen the theme "Man's inhumanity to man". This theme is strongly shown in the books Night, by Elie wiesel, Exodus, by Julie Bertagna and also in the films Titanic directed by James Cameron and Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle. There is a strong connection of not only physical abuse but mental and emotional inhumanity between texts. All throughout the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel it shows interesting and insightful connections to the theme Man's inhumanity to man, such as the scarring experience of the holocaust causing him to lose his religion. The Nazi's forced terrible things upon the Jewish people but one act that is not often spoken about is forcing man out of their religion, This is inhumane as their faith was one of the only things keeping them from completely losing themselves and their soul in their situation. Elie reveals his experiences to us "For God's sake, where is God? And from within me I heard a voice answer , 'where He is? This is where - hanging from this gallows." At this point he is beginning to question God's existence and what he has been brought up to believe. He also tells us he had more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people "as his religion and all he believed starts to crumble. Wiesel begins to turn to new beliefs, ones that would never fail him and put him through the questioning and hopeless state he had been lying in for so long. I personally think that taking away somebody's religion is one of the most inhumane acts a human could commit, especially taking it away from someone with already dwindling hope and faith. It is unforgiveable to spiritually destroy someone. this connection is similar to the theme of religion in Slumdog Millionaire , directed by Danny Bayleas it also protrays how man has caused man to lose a part of his religion, along with abuse his beliefs and look for any loop hole to slip through so he can continue to committ unspeakable acts in crime. For Salim, his religion becomes a fall-back plan that he things can save him from his guilt that comes along with the crime that he was forced to committ. To destroy someone spiritually is to destroy their soul. Another text that clearly connects back to my theme 'Man's Inhumanity to Man' is Titanic, directed by James Cameron. This text shows inhumanity through segregation in social classes. There has always been segregation between classes, even in today's modern society, but I doubt that anyone could have predicted that simple prejudice could have caused so many people to die a watery death. As Rose recalls her experiances when the Titanic is sinking she tells of the upper class citizens smite toward the lower class passegers. "are there seperate boats for 1st class? I do hope it's not too crowded" was said by Rose's mother while they were waiting to be placed to a lifebpat. This shows that, even during a time of absolute crisis where death would enevitably occur, some 1st class passengers were still refusing to give up their comfort to save the lives of humans that were socially lower than them. Another part of the movie is when the Titanic is completely underwater, it is apparent there are hundreds of people in the water and Molly Brown (new money as the 1st class called those new to being rich) was trying to convince everyone to take their half full boat back to rescue some more people, but she was immediately ordered to "shut that hole in" her face. This shows us how selfish the people in the lifeboat were, they were sitting calmly in a half-full boat and there were over 1000 people freezing to death in the sea less than 100 metres away, yet they refused to help for fear of their own safety. They had been given the gift of life yet would allow human beings of their own race to die. "1500 people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby,...
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