According to Loung Ung, “Hunger and fear make people turn against one another.” When it comes down to life and death, people will do anything in their power to survive. This includes sometimes hurting or stealing from your own friends and family. This is true for people faced with starvation. According to Loung Ung in First they killed my Father and Elie Wiesel in Night, hunger and fear will cause people to turn against one another.
In First they killed my Father; Loung Ung proves that starvation will cause family members to turn against each other through the uses of imagery and irony. Loung is sleeping and starving from the little portion of food that the people at this work camp are fed. Loung says, “I have my greatest dream and my worst nightmare… There is food everywhere as far as the eye can see! I am so greedy; I do not want to share the food with anyone, not even with my family.” Loung does not share the food with her family proving she is beginning to turn against her own family. In the night while Loung was sleeping, her starving and growling stomach woke her up. Loung says, “I had gotten up in the middle of the night and stolen the rice.” This is very ironic because Loung is seen as a very kind and trustworthy person but now is stealing from her own family which shows that the quote “Hunger and fear make people turn on one another.” is true. Through the literary elements of imagery and irony, Loung Ung, in the book First they killed my Father shows how starvation and fear turns people against one another.
In Night, Elie Wiesel uses irony and an external conflict to prove that fear and starvation will turn people against those they love. Prisoners from a concentration camp are crammed onto a cattle car on a train and being transported to a different location. As they pass through a city, people find it fun to throw little bits of food to these starving people. Wiesel says, “Men threw themselves on top of each other, stamping on each other, tearing...
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