People Who Make Us Who We Are Today

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said: “a person is a person through other persons.” The people we meet in life are who make us what we are today; the conflicts, situations, and times we had and spent with them and the support they offer are what make our character. I agree with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as his ideas are conveyed in Black Boy by Richard Wright and Night by Elie Wiesel through conflict and important ideas such as the Milgram experiment and the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In Black Boy by Richard Wright, Richard goes through many events and conflicts with others that determined his character at the time. For instance, in the very beginning of the novel, Richard’s father comes out of his bedroom to the backyard yelling at Richard and his brother to keep some cat quiet so that he could sleep. He didn’t care what they did as long as they kept it quiet, even if they killed it. At the time, Richard’s image of his father was only when he shouted at them to stop playing; Richard enclosed so much hatred and contempt toward his father that he decided that he would take his words literally and actually kill the cat. He wanted to demonstrate his hatred to his dad without getting in trouble, he wanted to upset him. This exemplifies that Richard’s father created a little murderer inside of Richard or at least turned him into a violent young boy. As Richard grew up, he was turned into a racist boy by his surrounding neighbors and his fellow students at school. At first, Richard would chant racist songs, he and his friends, at Jewish people not realizing that he was discriminating against the Jews just as he was being discriminated against by the whites. On the other hand, Richard was raised to do so by his parents and that was w... ... middle of paper ... ...s of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs since Elie preferred his safety over his physiological needs which, actually, caused Elie to survive the holocaust. Elie’s father gave him the reason to live; even after his death, Elie only lived for his stomach while keeping in mind that he’s doing so for his father and to keep his memory alive. Throughout our lives, we will meet many people; they will rate us, seek us, break us and make us happy. But it is what we go through with them that makes us what we are today. This can be proved in various ways in Black Boy and Night by the authors Richard Wright and Elie Wiesel. The main characters in both novels had gone through many hardships and met many others, but they didn’t stop at each and give up. They benefited from each person they met and learned from their experiences which later on helped them to overcome other obstacles.
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