Persecution around the world.

The book Night by Elie Wiesel is the story of Ellie’s experiences in the concentration camp during the Holocaust. Elie and his family are taken to the first camp where his sister and mother are separated form him and his father. As time goes on in the camps it begins to dehumanize everyone. Behind the scenes the relationship between Elie and his father starts to change. Upon arriving at the camps Elie clings to his father in a dependent way, towards the end his father is depending on him.

I liked the book very much. The fact that is was something from history that actually happened and, that it was written by a survivor of the camps made it an interesting read. There wasn’t anything that I really disliked about the book. The only thing I didn’t like was that something like that actually happened, and people were put through those offal things.

What can we learn from reading this book?
This book teaches us that in certain circumstances we are capable of more then we think, good or bad.

Essential Questions:
What are the root causes of persecution?
I think a root cause of persecution is the understanding, or lack of, of people who are not like you. Another cause of persecution is how open we are to something different.
What are some current examples of persecution that take place in today’s world?
In Darfur, Sudan persecution of African tribal people is taking place.

What does Night teach us about what it means to be human?
Night teaches us that humans are capable of more then we think. It teaches us how strong our survival instincts are. That it is possible for us to sink to levels we never thought possible if put in the right circumstances.