Denial In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Denial is the Enemy’s Strength

In an excerpt from Martin Neimöller, First they Came For the Communist, Elie Wiesel's Night, and a short allegory Terrible Things all of the authors state that denial is the first step of failure. The allegory, Terrible Things, is written simpler; it’s meant for children to understand. Both the book and the short passage, Night and First they came for the Communist, are written with deeper meaning; meant for young adults or adults. Yet at the end of each cautionary tale they had spoken to the soul of all children, young adults, and adults that read or listened to their work. Whoever did was left with the alarming theme of all three tragedy's. Each theme addressed that people can not blame the victim of a circumstance; instead, stand up together and
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Instead he chose to isolate himself from Nazi’s and push his peers toward them. “When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out” (Neimöller 173). It goes both ways, if someone is willing to stand up and help you have to accept it. “Jews, listen to me! That’s all I ask of you. No money. No pitty. Just listen to me!” (Wiesel 172). Moshie warned the Jews, his Jewish friends from his home town, before the Hungarian Police came, but they did not listen. He did what he could to help. Generally speaking, many people think it makes it okay to isolate themselves from the enemy and put their friends in front of them for their safety. Many people neglect to think about what happens when the enemy comes back, they will be looking for their next victim. The next victim, does not stand a chance because they already gave their army to the enemy for their short time safety.Throwing their friends under the bus for their safety accomplishes nothing; it makes the victim weak and the enemy strong. These three authors have proven, in their cautionary tale’s, that denial is a person's enemy. On the other hand a person receives help and they do not accept it, it is