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KimberlyMarquez
Mrs.Housepian/Mr.Conner
English2HPeriod5
8April2016
OverwhelmedandAbandoned
Throughouthistory,humanityhaswitnessedthehorrideffectsofwhatwarcanleadto.At
somepoint,peopleallacrosstheworldhavefallenvictimtoitsviolentpunishments.
Consequently,individualstendtolosesightofthejoyintheworldandonlyfocusonthe
negative.
Intheend,manyabandonallfaithandrelationshipstoensuresurvival.
Duringwar,thebeliefoffaithinonesGod/Godsprovideshope,butastimeprogresses,
andwarcontinues,peoplebegintoneglecttheirbeliefsandonlyfocusonhow,andwhat,they
shoulddotosurvive.
Inthebook
Night
byElieWiesel,Wieselexperiencesthefeelingofdoubt
andabandonmentbyhisGodwhenheneededhimmost,"Fo
rthefirsttime,Ifeltrevoltriseup
inme.WhyshouldIblessHisname?TheEternal,theLordoftheUniverse,theAllPowerful
andTerribleandsilent.WhathadItothankHimfor"(Wiesel42).Duetothehorridsituationof
Wiesel'ssurroundings,helooksuptohisGod,forwhomisnowheretobefound.Hisdoubtand
hatredthenbeginstoignite,leadinghimtoforgotabouthisGod,andfocusonwhatismore
important,hislife.Withtherealizationofhisignorance,Wieselisleadtobelievethathisfaith
wasneverreallyimportantanddidnothingforhim.Duringwar,individual'sbegintounderstand
theirignoranceinfaith,whichdrivesthemtoleavetheirfantasyandfocusonsurvivingreality.
Aswarprogresses,thefeelingofbeingpowerless

overridesanindividual'smentality
whichdrivesthemtomakehastydecisionsfortheirownbenefit,evenifitcomestothedeathof

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theirfamily.
Inthearticle,
NorthKoreaPrisonCamps'liketheHolocaust',SurvivorsWho
EscapedSay
,Mr.Shinsthoughtsfrombeingimprisonedinaholocaustlikerealityare
expressed,MrShinadmit
shedidn'thesitatetoinformaguardofhismotherandbrother's
escapeplan,andthathefeltnoremorsewhenhewasforcedtowatchtheirexecutions.MrShin
hadneverfeltclosetothemoranyoneelseinthecamp,seeingothersascompetitorsforthetiny
rationsofmainlycabbagebasedgruelhesurvivedon(PostNorthKoreanWar).Shinisoneof
manypeoplewhoarecapableofbetrayothersifitmeansbetterchancesfortheirownsurvival.
Becausewarhasanimpactontheperspectivesofeveryone,manyindividualsbelievetheirlifeis
superiortotherestwhichleadsthemtodoanythingtoensuretheirownsurvival.Theseselfish
thoughtscausepeopletoforgettheconceptofmoralityandonlyfocusonsurviving,evenifit
meansleavingsomeonebehind.
Inthebook
Night
,Wieselwitnessesasonleavinghisfather
duringhisharshforcefulwalktowardsBuchenwald,"..heha
dwantedtogetridofhisfather!He
feltthathisfatherwasgrowingweakhehadsoughtthisseparationinordertogetridofthe
burden,tofreehimselffromanencumbrancewhichcouldlessenhisownchancesofsurvival"
(Wiesel97).Witnessingarelativeleaveanotherbehindfortheirownsake,isnotuncommon
duringtimesofwar,especiallyforElieWiesel.Toleaveonesrelativebehindmeansnothingto
someindividualsifitensurestheirchancesofsurvival.Althoughrelationshipsaremeantto
symbolizeabondbetweenindividuals,somepeoplewouldthrowthatawaytoensurethesafety
oftheirownskin.Duringtimesofwar,peopletendtobeselfishandcareaboutnoneotherthan
themselves.
Individualsthathavebeenexposedtotheharshrealitiesofwartendtobecome
emotionlessandcold,theywithdrawfromthemoralsandrespecttheyknow,andtheydevelopa

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mentalitythatleadsthemtofendforthemselves.Withintime,selfishnessforonessurvival
overtakesanindividual'skindnessandethics,andbeliefsoffaithandrelationshipsbegintomean
nothingandarethoughtofasanuisance.