“a Universal Change from a Good Day at Auschwitz”

Most writers share a purpose in writing to preserve a record of human experience and to bring about change in society.   A Good Day from Survival in Auschwitz educates the readers about the tragic experiences of a concentration camp prisoner in order to change the world by uniting mankind through the shared emotions of hope. Primo Levi writes to describe the complexity of the world we live in. In order to change the consciousness of people, Levi informs us of the cruel intentions of the concentration camps.
The prisoners of the concentration camps are treated differently from everyone else because of their race. The prisoners are being starved and are being served stale food. They live in horrible conditions with no warm blankets or comfortable beds to sleep in. Prisoners wear camp fatigues that are ill-fitting. In the story, the prisoners are filled with joy in having a better portion of soup for that day.   These prisoners are being treated poorly and the readers learn that this type of caretaking cannot be tolerated.  
Freedom has always been an issue worldwide and has affected the prisoners in the concentration camps as well. Prisoners had no freedom of choice to fulfill their needs. The story illustrates the tough labor that the prisoners had to go through. In order to survive, prisoners were forced to work long hours during the day. They were being threatened for their lives, if they did not do what they were told. These prisoners thought about their families and children as a motivation to keep working so they will live another day.
Prisoners lived off of hope and memories in order to keep themselves “happy”. All they have are memories of the good days they had. The prisoners relied on smaller things to make themselves happy. This illustrates that many people tend to see things differently from other perspectives. Smaller things are essential to people during bad times. The prisoners see the sun as a sign of hope for a new day. The sun gave them joy and...