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Prompt We do not know our own strength until our survival is threatenedSurvival is the act of surviving under adverse unusual and especially tough situations Consequently survival is the state of remaining alive through hardship hostile and especially rough situations in order to exist However for some people it is not enough to just fight through hardship and tough conditions in order to exist For many certain prerequisites such as love motivation and determination and above all strength is more important than mere survival In the end it is up to each individual to choose whether to keep trying to not give up to fight with every ounce of strength in their individual capacity to resist stress and pain in order to keep on moving or to simply decide when enough is enough Elie Wiesels Night a first hand account of his experience in the concentration camps as an Orthodox Jew clearly demonstrates how even the most ordinary among us can reveal inner strength when faced with a direct threat to their life Through conditions such as minimal rations of food and savage competition among family members for bread Night teaches us how life was a daily fight for survival and only the fittest could surviveWhen times become tough our inner strength contradicts our bodys actions when our survival becomes vulnerable Author Elie Wiesel teaches us through his testimony Night that choosing to fight for survival rather than conceding to an abuse of power may result in great losses such loss of life This is evident in the book Night between an incident with a father and his son During a forty-two mile death march the SS guards were on a rampage to kill all un-fit Jews who couldnt keep up in order to filter the good from the bad During the march as the father got weak and couldnt take a step further the son abandons him in a bid to ensure
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