Friday, December 5, 2008

Forgive?


Elie in his heart should forgive but never forget, because if he dwells on it life will become harder and harder. He was going through what people would call "hell on earth" for such a long period of time that in his mind he is probably doesn't want to forgive the Nazis for the pain and suffering he experienced. You have to understand in Elies eyes you can't hold on to something so hurtful forever. He will never forget the time he and his family were separated or when he was beaten and tortured, but in time he will forgive them for what happened to him. Some people would ask, "Why would he forgive the Nazis?" The answer is really you don't want to sit around day to day thinking about all that has happened, at some point in Elies life he realizes its time to let go and you can't be mad at them forever. I understand it would be hard to forgive the people that hurt you, but would it be harder to not forgive and sit there everyday remembering what you went through? Forgiveness is hard, it takes so much from a person to gather the strength to forgive someone. In the end forgiving would make life easier, never forget, but forgive.

Shelby E.

5 comments:

Andrea said...

I really like your post! It says it all. I like your first and last sentence they are really true. To forget the pain is just to release it deep down inside of you hiding the pain and sorrow from the surface. But to forgive is to let go of the pain and sorrow so you can live your life. It maybe hard to do but it needs to be done. Great post! :)

***SHANO THE DRAINO*** said...

Nice post Shelby. I do agree with you when you said to forget the pain is just to release it deep down inside of you hiding the pain and sorrow from the surface. But to forgive is to let go of the pain and sorrow so you can live your life. I just don't know how he can go on living his life after what he had to live through.

Melanie said...

I really like when you said, "Forgiveness is hard, it takes so much from a person to gather the strength to forgive someone." I really agree with this statement. I also agree that Elie should never forget everything that happened. Yes, he should forgive, but never forget. Good post.

Constance said...

I like that you said he should forgive them. You say that people would call the time he spent at the camps 'hell on earth'. If people called it that then why would he want to hold onto that hell on earth? That is why he should forgive so he can get past this troubling time and leave the hell behind him. I really liked you post and you need a really good job.

Jordan said...

I agree with this post. It would be very hard to forget the time he was seperated from his family, and in truth he never should. He should remember every moment no matter how painful it is. By remembering he was able to create one of the best books I have ever read.