Reflection on the book “Night” by Ellie Wiesel Essay
Reflection on the book “Night” by Ellie Wiesel
“I know it’s terrible, trying to have any faith… when people are doing such horrible things. But you know what I sometimes think? I think the world may be going through a phase… it’ll all pass, maybe not for hundreds of years but someday. I still believe in spite of everything that people are really good at heart.”(Diary of Anne Frank)
While reading the book “night”, my view was that people had the right to lose faith after everything they had to go through. However, when I finished the book, I gave it a deep thought and realized that people are good at heart. Maybe it doesn’t take only one lifetime for them to realize what it means to be good and make good actions, but what is important is that maybe one day they will do realize it.
It’s hard to accept that a person who was able to sleep after killing thousands of people, can change some day, but who knows? Life changes people and especially after such horrible scenes I think humans won’t let anything like this to happen again. In my opinion, the impact of the Holocaust is huge and people have learned their lesson. Killing and watching people of all ages suffer in such terrible ways didn’t do any good and it won’t do in the future.
In times such as these, it’s hard to keep any faith. The only thing in your mind, other than how to survive, is to question life, or God, or even yourself “Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong that I have to be punished for? Isn’t there a God?”. How can you explain to someone who has survived a concentration camp, that the one who had killed his/her family and friends, can change, can be good? Few are those who can understand the injustice of life, and moreover, can understand and believe that humans are not all that cruel.
I truly believe that the phase when people were able to do anything without a blink of an eye has passed with the Holocaust. Also, I think that there are many people who pray for forgiveness for those who torture and murder, because “what goes around comes around”. Even if people don’t get killed themselves, life simply always gives it back to them, because the world has to be in balance – one can’t kill, and have free soul at the same time.