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The suffering of man is a very complicated matter that is most likely impossible to understand completely It is a subject that people have grappled with since the dawn of recorded history In fact suffering is evident in every form of art man has created Suffering is in our paintings our poetry our music our plays and in anything else that is conceivable But still we as a whole still struggle with the idea of suffering It is my opinion that some individuals may grasp the notion of suffering more than others but that no one person will ever fully understand suffering in every form A person may only understand his or her own personal suffering not suffering as a whole It is the next step to then say that understanding comes through suffering which I also believe to be true It is impossible to fully know what the suffering of a person is like unless you have experienced the same thing in his own shoes Two examples of this are Aeschyluss play Agamemnon and Elie Wiesels account of the Holocaust Night Throughout both of the works suffering is a very prevalent theme The characters in Night and in Agamemnon undergo both psychological and physical suffering It is very easy to see that their suffering occurs and one may even commiserate with the characters but it is impossible to completely understand the suffering that they go through One may only go so far as to say that they have gone through something similar and they know what it must have been like or that they can imagine how it must have been for the characters This however is not complete understanding Only through personal experience can a person fully understand what his or her suffering is In the Agamemnon suffering is evident in nearly every character Even before the action of the play begins terrible things have already occurred that cause much suffering in the
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