“Night” by Elie Wissel and “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
When you discover yourself in a challenge that you can not escape or at your lowest point, your soul and mind end up being dark and you feel that have no chance out, you start to see life really in a different way. You now are able to examine the world, and shift through all the bells and whistles in it and see the truth, which was once hidden from you. I think that is exactly that Theodore Roethke implied when he composed “In a dark time, the eye starts to see, …” Personally, I agree fully with Roethke’s statement.
Roethke’s ideology is discovered in both “Night” by Elie Wiesel and “Of Mice and Guy” by John Steinbeck. In both books the protagonists are faced with obstacles which appear impossible to conquer, nevertheless once they reach “all-time low” they understand how they shall over come their circumstance. In “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the main character, Eliezer was confronted with a dispute that changed his life and the lives everyone he enjoyed. He was forced to deal with the terrors of the Holocaust, man versus society.
Nonetheless, Eliezer dealt with much more than the Holocaust, he faced himself, male versus man. In Night, Eliezer’s mind toggled the numerous conflicts of his every day life, especially choosing whether or not he wanted to live. The climax of the book is also the point in which Eliezer reached his lowest point; this is when Eliezer loses his faith in God, which has been really crucial to him throughout his life. Eliezer was so horrified by the abuse that he saw and endured, and questions if God exists. At this moment Eliezer realizes that his fate is p to him, to a certain extent.
He realizes that in order to endure and more than happy with his household when again, he needs to remain strong and never ever quit. In addition, throughout the unique Elie Wiesel duplicated the main style of his novel, “always remember”. Eliezer’s darkest time allowed his eyes to open and see the gravity of his situation and the scary that results from extreme prejudice. By doing so Elie Wiesel is now able to inform others of repercussions of bias of any kind. The life of Elie Wiesel exemplifies the meaning of Theodore Roethke’s quote very well.
The novel “Of Mice and Male” also embodies the meaning of Theodore Roethke’s quote, “In a dark time, the eye begins to see, …” extremely well. The protagonist, George and his loyal and loyal good friend Lennie, a minor charter were faced with the impossible challenge of attaining the American Dream. However, the conflict that impacted them the best was Lennie’s numerous internal disputes. Lennie was a very kind hearted guy, however, he had a kid’s mentality and a giant’s body and as an outcome these contrasting qualities, Lennie got himself into many issues.
Like Night, the climax of Of Mice and Men is also the point in which the protagonist reaches his lowest point. The climax of Of Mice and Male happens when Lennie unintentionally kills Curley’s other half. This causes George to open his eyes and see that he can not safeguard Lennie any longer, due to the fact that society’s will not tolerate Lennie’s habits, no matter his psychological condition. This realization, forced George to mercifully shoot his pal, in a generous act to save him from the hands of Curley and the angry ranch hands.
After selflessly killing Lennie, Steinbeck paints George as feeling lost and alone, which I think is George’s awareness that through all his trials and adversities, and breaking society for most of his life, that he lastly gave up. He is now like all the other cattle ranch hands, alone and dreamless. Theodore Roethke’s quote, “In a dark time, the eye starts to see, …” reveals to be real in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Male, but it also proves that when you begin to see the truth unfold around you the very best and not constantly noteworthy.
Eliezer and George both hinder the significance of Roethke’s quote, however in various methods. Eliezer in Night reveals that seeing the reality when you are at all-time low can only lead you upwards. Whereas, George shows that seeing the reality when you are at your lowest point, can in some cases be too much and bring you down even lower. However, the two books demonstrate the significance of Theodore Roethke’s quote, which is when you are at your floor, you are able to see the facts around you.