"Night" by Elie Wiesel, and "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan.

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Fate and Faith

Throughout our lives, we find our struggles in life revolve around our faith and fate. Fate, defined as the vital power that predetermines events, destiny, and ultimate end. We find that our faith, in essence our last lifeline, our hope, and only belief; but what happens when these two clash in one's life? In the novel "night" by Elie Wiesel, Weisel's autobiography depicts the riveting horrors of his own experiences spanning from the ghetto to death camps. We find that faith is his only hand in an ever growing dark environment involved in the holocaust, but his unfortunate losses taken by the ultimate power of fate. Corresponding to Night, author Amy Tan of "The Joy Luck Club" tells the story of a group of Chinese women struggling to cope with their American home. Like in Night, we find that in The Joy Luck Club, these Chinese women have their struggles with their past conflicts of faith and faith.

The struggle between fate and faith, we see that both authors use this conflict as a vital leg in holding their novels together.

Eliezer Wiesel was Born September 30, 1928. Eliezer led a life of many Jewish children, growing up in a village in Romania, his world revolved around family, religion, and God. In Night, Elie Wiesel finds his family, community and his faith to become devoured upon the deportation of his village in 1944. Elie develops a world in which fate and faith battle for the rights for Elie's life, unfortunately his life is fought for in a uninviting environment of the holocaust. Although The Joy Luck Club was not a true story opposing to Night which was, author Amy Tan challenged herself in making the novel an autobiography of Chinese women struggling for their faith...