I need help with my thesis statement for a synthesis essay about Night by Elie Wiesel and The Cage by Ruth Minster Sender. My thesis statement is, "Although dire situations often drive people to do horrible things in order to survive, there are still examples of people retaining their humanity and helping one another, even when this means potential danger for them."
My evidence is Elie's reluctance to give his soup to his father and his subsequent feelings of guilt, as well as the Jews who afflicted pain on other Jews as a means of survival. My first paragraph is the following:
From reading to writing we are taught that in every story, there are good guys and bad guys—protagonists and antagonists. In regards to the Holocaust things, are not so black and white. A glimpse of this deception can be rationalized through two autobiographies: Night by Elie Wiesel and The Cage by Ruth Minster Sender. Both start off with it being quite obvious who the bad guys are, as they afflict pain and suffering on the innocent. However, as both stories progress, animalistic instincts take over the majority of people, forcing the Jews to be equally as cruel as the Nazis and leaving what can only be described as animals who choose their own triumph and survival over that of others. When good people are put in bad situations, bad things are the inevitable outcome. In contrast to this belief, when some people are surrounded with such brutality, they will respond with unexpected empathy, flourishing in the most unlikely of places. These people are rare but not nonexistent. Although dire situations often drive people to do horrible things in order to survive, there are still examples in which people retain their humanity and help one another, even if it means potential danger to themselves.
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