How can the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel, be connected to the theme of being a "Just Person"?How can social justice, stewardship, liberation theology or globalization relate to the novel in any way?

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

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In many ways, Wiesel's work gives a primer on how not to behave as a human being.  The setting is quite indicative of this.  Yet, the level of human cruelty that the book depicts helps to galvanize the belief within all who read it that the events and circumstances presented should never happen again that one should "never forget."  There is a level of understanding and consciousness that is aroused in the reader.  This helps to eliminate borders or divisions, and helps to solidify the idea that human beings are connected to one another with strands of webs that bifurcate consciousness.  This can be similar to the idea of globalization, in that we are more conscious of the fact that there are experiences and narratives outside of our own world that merit attention, understanding, and adopting a position of justice in order to better comprehend and appreciate them.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Elie Wiesel lived the Holocaust experience in the most nightmarish manner.  In the book Night he bears witness to the atrocities of the Jewish Ghettos, the concentration camps, and his own responses as a human and son during his ordeal.  For Wiesel there was no social justice.  He had done nothing wrong, his father had done nothing wrong, nor had his sister and mother, and they still ended up having such horrible injustices bestowed upon them.  In reference to theology Wiesel lost his faith in God after seeing the constant abuses around him and hearing no answer from God and receiving no help or resolution from God during his ordeal.  He could not understand how God could allow it all to happen.  He called out to him and then he shut the door on faith. 

I am the offspring of Holocaust survivors and to me looking at Wiesel and his becoming a just person one needs to look at the book as a testament to social in-justice.  Wiesel could have locked away his life and not shared it with others.  He chose instead to share his story and by doing so found some justification for the horrible experiences he had endured.  At times he did not feel like a just person as he even left his father outside when he could not find him.  His father was becoming delirious and a burden for him.  Right before his father's death his father was moaning for Wiesel but He did not go to his father for fear of retribution in the form of being hit or worse by a guard.  His father was carried out during the night.

Night is darkness brought to light.  In bringing the atrocities to light Eli Wiesel has become a "just person."  He has made his experience become a beacon to show others what should never happen again.  His book became his mantra.

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