Discuss the role self-respect plays in an individual's  response to injustice in Night by Elie Wiesel.  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that self- respect and its role in the response to injustice is vitally important to Wiesel's overall message in the narrative of Night.  It is so very important that Wiesel constructs Eliezer's story to be one where self- respect and its function in the response to injustice is absent.  What Eliezer endures is, for the most part, an exercise in a world where self- respect is absent.  This becomes one of the strongest statements that Wiesel is making towards the Holocaust.  Its real tragedy was that there was a dehumanization that was experienced by the victims of the Holocaust.  Yet, at the same time, this dehumanization was replicated in how victims treated one another.  In this process, self- respect was absent as well as the resistance to injustice.  Eliezer's story does not feature much in way of self- respect and its function in the fight against injustice.  Due to this, one is able to see how essential and needed the concept of self- justice is needed in the fight against injustice anywhere in the world.  Its importance is magnified by its absence.

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