What can you learn from Night about humanity and your own life?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would propose that there can be a level of self reflection used here to answer the question.  After reading (during reading, actually) Wiesel's work, one is left with many questions that can help to address the question.  The first would be the elemental question of what it means to cause suffering to other human beings.  What is done to human beings that cause immeasureable suffering to one another?  How can this be minimized?  What political conditions and social conditions are present in the work which permit such a level of agony and pain?  I think that this is one particular set of questions that the reader can answer for themselves in understanding the issues regarding humanity and one's own life.  Another set of questions arise when this work is set to Tolstoy's critical questions about anything worth reading:  "What shall we do and how shall we live?"  Applying these questions to Wiesel's work is quite powerful.  What does the book say regarding how individuals should live their lives?  What does the book say on what individuals should do when immersed in such pain- ridden circumstances?  Again, these questions are best answered when the reader themselves answers them and analyzes them, as the work demands a level of self reflection in the process of fully grasping its greatness.