What does Elie Wiesel's book, Night, have in common with the Follow the Rabbit- Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington?

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

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I think that one of the primary similarities between both works is the emphasis on what it means to be a child in a world that discredits childhood.  Eliezer and Molly are both children who have to "grow up" in an awful hurry.  Both works center on how these children are forced to accept and overcome a political and social reality that was not their doing and something that was not imposed with their voice in mind.  At the same time, both works feature the need for survival and how difficult survival is on the human psyche.  Both works display a dehumanization of both characters.  Eliezer's struggle to survive is animalistic, something that forsakes the bonds connecting him to external reality.  Mollie's journey through the harrowing world of survival is aided through following a pest- control fence.  Her survival rests on an object that is not intended for human beings.  I would also think that a lesson from both works is how destructive the politics of exclusion and division can be on individuals.  Nazi Germany and Australian treatment of the Aboriginal people are rooted in the demonizing of "the other."  In both, this is shown to have impacted greatly the lives of children.

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