Coming of Age in a Wartime Environment
Living in a wartime environment, acts as a stimulant to the mature behavior of an adolescent at an extensive capacity, with symptoms of depression, withdrawal, or love that a minor does no usually experience. War happens to always be the topic of discussion that is widely distributed throughout the war. They would talk about the soldiers, the countries, the problems or crisis, family but what they don’t happen to be concerned with is the teenagers themselves. They don’t happen to notice those families who had suffered greatly within the war disputing in their homes. That these teenagers can no longer experience their childhood to its maximum but to see their image of their world fall apart. With their hopes and dreams which an adolescent begins to explore are shattered, they have to face what an adult nor child would usually have to look towards to. They have to experience being locked into a camp, going in hiding, and even worse death.
“I do not have a friend” said Anne Frank. Do children in our time not have friends? Anne Frank is a girl whom went into hiding during the Holocaust in which millions of Jews were killed in concentration camps. A time when they establish rules for Jews in order to socially outcast them from the rest of their community, their old friends or neighbors, because of what they believe in and then kill them. As for Anne Frank, she did not have a friend because of her sudden twist in life. Her friends disappeared from her and she’s stuck with her family, all day every day, until she is sick, sick of being caged. Leading to loneliness and therefore turns into depression, when a child should be feeling their innocence of childhood instead of their slow and excruciating escape from death.
Family Matters The definitions of a family today and a family in the past are far from similar. The definitions may have some similarities but they have changed dramatically in many more ways. 50 years ago, families had rules that were stricter and families were closer in the sense of a relationship. Although some families today are more distant from each other and have fewer rules to maintain ...
“Death enveloped me, it suffocated me. The idea of dying, of easing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel the excruciating cold, nothing.” Thinks Elie Wiesel At the age of a young adolescent, death is rarely thought about at a young age. It is usually though about when people are elderly. But, Elie Wiesel had thought about this while being forced to work in a labor camp with his father, a way to keep on living instead of being burned or gassed to death. Death is often looked at a point of depressing views but a child wouldn’t give a whole lot of thought about it, because they are young, free, innocent, and ignorant about the world. But Elie Wiesel’s world flattens out to a factory of death. To the point where surviving was working, eating, working, eating, and passing selections. To survive one of the things Elie would think about, but after going through all the painful experiences and emotions and utter sadness he sees “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.” After going through the highest degree of agony, he loses his will to live. His father died, his caretaker, and he was to be all by himself, surrounded by loveliness and despair. Because when people’s lives are ruined, death would float above them.
“During the years in camp I had never really understood why we were there, nor had I question it much. I knew no one in my family, had committed crime. If I needed explanation at all I conjured up a vage notations about a war between America and Japan. But now I’d reached an age where certain childhood mysteries begin to make sense. This girl’s guileless remark came as an illumination, an instant knowlodge that brought back the first buds of true shame. She experienced shame in her past but did not understand it. “ That dread was gone. But though promotions prove correct in a way I hadn’t been at all prepared for, on the first day back in public school, when the shape of what I tuly had to deal with appeared to me for the first time” She experienced dread and see’s it over and over again. “The hollow ache I carried during the earlt months of internment had shrunk, over the years to a tiny spoon of suspicion about the very person I was.
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Children are affected greatly by war as well as the parents themselves. They feel emotions that even adults cannot comprehend due to the fact they can somewhat handle the situation. The feeling of depression, loneliness, and withdrawal because they are in a wartime environment, which expands their overall expressions to feelings of hopelessness and despair. In the books, Night, Farewell to manzanar, and night, these stories tell adolescent become adults quickly because of the war.