Night and Life Is Beautiful Comparative Essay

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Jason Kang
Mrs. Hansen
Period 2
17 April 2013
Night is Beautiful
The Holocaust that Nazi Germany instigated was without a doubt one of the most horrific events to have taken place in this world. Millions of individuals were separated from their communities, killed, tortured, and forced to endure the grueling shifts of work in the myriad amount of concentration camps that Adolf Hitler erected during his rule over Germany. However, there were those who were able to survive through these hellish conditions and live to tell their tales. One such individual is Elie Wiesel who, along with his father Shlomo, worked in one of the most famous concentration camps; Auschwitz. Elie and his father were able to survive in the camps for so long because of the father-son bond that they were able to forge and temper through the many hardships that they faced at Auschwitz. Another tale of the Holocaust is that of Guido and his son Joshua in the movie Life is Beautiful. Many of the same themes are prevalent in this film as in Wiesel’s life. Both families were shipped to concentration camps after being forcefully evicted from their homes, and both groups are able to maintain their sanity by maintaining their father-son relationship. Though it would have been easier if Guido and Elie Wiesel were to abandon their family in exchange for a better chance of survival, both of them were able to retain their humane thinking and the love that they held for their families, and thus managing through the tough times that they faced.

In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, the father-son bond is crucial because Shlomo kept on reminding Elie of his feelings of love, compassion, and devotion to his family. In the living hell that he was a resident of, there was an abundance of miserable people, some who lied, some who scavenged for any means of survival, and some who betrayed their loved ones. One such case is brought upon when Elie witnesses Rabbi Eliahou’s son deserting the Rabbi to increase his...
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