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Night by Ellie Wiesel is a book about the survival of a son and his father in the Holocaust. The tone is pretty much emptiness, emotionless, silence and in some cases mournful. That might not come as a surprise being that the story is about the Nazi invasion. The author, Ellie Wiesel, blatantly describes some of the important details but doesn’t “sugar code” anything. He also does not use any humor to lighten the tone. Whereas in Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni the author uses comedy throughout the story. Life is beautiful is a love story about a father who takes risks for his family and tries to make sure his son keeps his innocence and his life as well. The tone of Life is Beautiful is emotional and charming. So you see in both of the stories the audience is introduced to a father/son relationship, but the themes are totally different. The theme for Night is “Every man for himself” and the theme for Life is Beautiful is “Love conquers all.”
One of the themes in Night is “Every man for himself.” This is displayed several times throughout the story. But is explicitly shown on page 105. “Listen to me, boy. Don’t forget that you’re in a concentration camp. Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think about anyone else. Even of his father. Here, there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone” (Wiesel). I feel as if family is very important and one should stick it out and do as much as possible to help them stay alive. This thought has previously came across his conscience a couple of times but this was the first time someone said it straight forward to him. At this point he has seriously considered what the head of the block’s thought.
This theme is focused around survival. The need for survival is vividly shown throughout the book as well. The need grows and grows to a point where the human prisoners have become animal like. “One day when we had... [continues]
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