MLK vs. Elie Wiesel

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MLK vs. Elie Wiesel

Martin Luther King Jr.

Elie Wiesel

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Martin Luther King Jr.

by: Helaena Fine

Inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful & moving civil rights activist during the 1960's. This period in time was an era of racial discrimination and segregation, but also a time where people stood up for their rights and rallied for equality. MLK did so by travelling across America, and speaking to the public about what is right, and what he wants for the future. He inspired thousands of colored and non-colored Americans to stand up for what is right, and gave over 2500 speeches. His most famous speech, "I Have a Dream", still continues to be one of the most influential, inspiring, and moving speeches given to this day. Martin Luther King Jr. not only inspired the colored population of America, but inspired us today to continue to stand up for the truth, and to never give up.

BraveThe fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was able to confront his enemies and obstacles, stand in front of thousands of people and speak his mind, means he had the confidence and bravery to do so. Most people wouldn't be able to do something like that, knowing that a large chuck of society would be against you. Instead of succumbing into the fear of rejection and hate, he stood up and changed history.

Hopeful Martin Luther King Jr. approached his obstacles with open arms, and an optimistic mindset. He was not afraid of making a difference, and was ambitious towards reaching his goals. Take for instance how he travelled over 6 million miles to speak to places experiencing injustice, protest, violence, and intolerance. He went to those places without a single regret and more hope than one could imagine. He hoped that the racial discrimination and segregation would end - in fact - he knew that this issue would eventually resolve. The 11 years he spent speaking to the nation may have been a tough time, but it held a hope so great, it changed America.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Elie Wiesel

"I have a dream..."

Confident From the beginning, Elie Wiesel was confident that everything would be okay. Before he was transported to Auschwitz, he was confident in his abilities to master the art of Kabbalah (p 3-12). When his hometown of Sighet was invaded and liquidated, he was still confident his family would be okay, and that he would live to see another day. In fact, he is still alive today. He was also sure & confident he would never separate from his father. So far, they have been placed in the same barracks and Kommando (p 29-65). Although his experience in Birkenau & Auschwitz was horrifying and gruesome, Elie stayed confident throughout his whole journey. His hope & confidence helped him survive.

AnxiousAlthough Elie did believe there would be a happy ending, he was still anxious and scared for what was to come. Brutality, violence, sickness, and cruel surroundings were just a few of the terrible things the camp had to "offer" (p 29-46). Familes were torn apart down the middle; women & men were to go to separate barracks, sometimes never to see their loved ones again, even for Elie (p 29). When he first arrived, he was also anxious that death was his only option. He even said he was "...face-to-face with the Angel of Death" when he confronted the crematorium (p 34). Overall, Elie was confident that one day these camps would be destroyes, yet he still dreaded what Auschwitz held.

In Conclusion...Martin Luther King Jr. & Elie Wiesel share several character traits, one of which is bravery. They both show(ed) an unbreakable determination that continues to inspire us to this day. They have both proved that although life may be filled with obstacles, hatred, and violence, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the night seems cold and dark, the Sun will always rise in the morning.

BraveElie endured countless obstacles, hardships, and cruelties, yet stayed strong. Even though it may have felt as if the weight of a thousand tons were on his back, he continued to stand tall, despite the treacherous conditions. He avoided selection for as long as he could, and still managed to stay with his father (p 29-46). He stayed strong even after he was beaten half to death by Idek (p 53-65). He even confronted the man who beat him and his father (p 55). Although it didn't do anything to benefit them, the fact that he managed to muster up the courage to do so is beyond me. Also, after he was brutally whipped by Idek, he still continued to persevere (p 57-58).

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."


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