Explain the boy's seemingly calm acceptance of his hanging.Elie comments that "I never saw a single one of the victims weep" Why do you think this is?So I really need help with this question for...

Explain the boy's seemingly calm acceptance of his hanging.Elie comments that "I never saw a single one of the victims weep" Why do you think this is?

So I really need help with this question for english class, im having a hard time with it. Can anyone please help?

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

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The previous thoughts that articulated a great deal needs to be taken into account with such a question are exactly right. There is a point where Eliezer's narrative reveals the removal of hope and faith and replaces it with the struggle and painful condition of merely survival.  In this particular comment, Eliezer points out the idea that the victims of the camps had their humanity robbed and taken by the perpetrators.  This meant that the ability to feel compassion or feel a sense of solidarity had been removed.  This becomes the essence of cruelty within the Holocaust:  The abusers had tormented their victims to the point where humanity had been removed and dehumanization had become the logical consequence.  Such a quote reveals such a predicament.

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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There are a lot of things that you must consider when you look at this piece, not the least of which is the degree of horror that all the Jews faced who were caught up by the Holocaust. Presumably, this passage is one that is significant because it asks the question of where God was in all of this tragedy. The boy is calm because he has accepted his fate. Even at such a young age, he knows that there is nothing that he can do to change what is going to happen to him. Weeping will not solve it. On another level, however, if you continue on in the passage, it is the witnesses who weep and who mist ask the question of where God is and why he has forsaken his ostensibly chosen people. The answer, then, becomes clear in the shape of a small boy, too light to die immediately, who instead, like Christ on the cross, lingers on to die slowly hours later. From the audience, one man answers the question, indicating that God is right there in front of them on the gallows in the shape of that boy. Just a Christ calmly accepts his own fate, so does this boy, dying with as much dignity as he can is the ultimate denial of the torture being perpetuated against the Jews. It is the understanding that God has some other plan, and that to accept his plan willingly and without making a scene, is the ultimate in respect for self and God.

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