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Identify an example of courage from a character in Night by Elie Wiesel.

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deefv14 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM via web

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Identify an example of courage from a character in Night by Elie Wiesel.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the German girl who wipes blood away from Eliezer after he has been beaten can represent an example of courage from the narrative.  It is a challenge to find anyone who represents the traditional notion of courage because of the brutality and the sheer horror that the Holocaust perpetrated on the people in Wiesel's work.  Yet, I believe that the girl who tends to Eliezer after he has been beaten represents courage.  She takes care of him, nurses him back to health.  She gives him food and tells him to be strong.  Her words of encouragement and the mere act of caring could endanger her, as well.  Yet, she recognizes someone in pain and tends to them in the most delicate and compassionate of manners.  I think that she represents courage in how she takes the risk to care for another human being and does not flinch in its face.  In a narrative where there are so few examples of human beings affirming and actively upholding the bond between them, she represents this.  In doing so, I think that she embodies courage in the narrative and her presence is significant enough to begin the process of dialogue as to how people behaved during the Holocaust and can behave during some of the worst of times.

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