Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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In Night by Elie Wiesel, the townspeople of Sighet shrug off the events foreshadowing their deportation. They first ignore Moishe the Beadle’s attempts to warn them about the situation. As a foreign Jew, he already experienced the expulsion from the town. Nobody believes Moishe because of the implications of his words being true. He mentions death, a taboo subject that humanity avoids at all costs, which I suspect is a form of survival instinct. Additionally, the consequences of the yellow star are underestimated for similar reasons. The constant denial of a dangerous explanation relieves the population. The presumption that everything will soon return to normal, perpetuated by the radio shows “announcing encouraging news” (7), cause the townspeople

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