Anti War Themes In Catch -22 Slaughter House Five And Night Essay, Research Paper
People convey their opinions about moral and social dilemmas in different ways. Writers use different literary forms to express their ideas. Autobiographical books are one means authors use to convey their personal history. Another style of literary composition is satire. Satire is the use of sarcasm and irony to portray human follies or to ridicule human failings (Stein 1270). Science fiction is a literary form of fiction, which has split from the broader form of fantasy; in which the plot, setting and theme are drawn from scientific knowledge (Benets 876). The autobiographical form used by Elie Wiesel in Night and the form of satirical humor used by Joseph Heller in Catch-22 more effectively depict anti-war themes than the science fiction form used by Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five.
In the book Night, Elie Wiesel uses an autobiographical approach to convey his anti-war themes. Wiesel hopes, ?the memory of evil will serve as a shield against evil? (Cover Summary). Autobiographies are successful in conveying their themes because the writer uses ?words as windows through which the intended thoughts and feelings?shine through? (Lomask 73-74). This approach makes the brutal events of the Holocaust seem painfully real. The readers are affected because they know the atrocities are documentations of actual events. After reading the novel Night, one is changed. Wiesel?s autobiographical approach in Night is successful because the events are personal; they are colorfully described putting the reader in the midst of the action.
Night is an autobiographical account, ?that attempts to provide a place where one Holocaust survivor can speak for himself? (Brown 96). Elie Wiesel tells his own story of the death and destruction of Jews during WWII. There is an abundance of almost unbearable sections. The stories Moshe the Beadle tells about the troops throwing babies into the air and...