Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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Throughout the novel Night, Elie Wiesel reveals how in just a few moments his life dramatically changes in ways he never imagines. The title “Night” is a metaphor that refers to the evils and darkness of life, symbolizing death, the darkness of the soul, and loss of faith. Elie is innocent and devoted to becoming closer to God, but once witnessing the cruelties of humankind he questions his faith as well as his strength. The Great Depression in Germany provided the political opportunity for Adolf Hitler. When rising to power, Hitler sees the Jewish people as the enemy race. As a result, he plans to exterminate every last one of them. Wicked men of his Nazi army captured Jews, then changed them profoundly; they took away their homes and all …show more content…

They see fire, smoke, and smell of burning flesh. When Elie arrives at the concentration camp he says goodbye to his mother and little sister, not knowing that it would be the last time he will ever see them, but he holds on to his father. The only thing that keeps Elie going is his father, each is living for the other. After being separated from the women, the SS officer's ask their age and profession. The SS officers then lead them to the crematorium, close enough for them to feel the strong heat of the flames on their skin, they expect the worst, but instead of going in they order them to turn. Despite seeing it with his own eyes, Elie has a hard time believing the scene could be real. He questions if “[he was] still alive? [Still] awake?” and he wondered “How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and the world kept silent?”(32) At this point, Elie is no longer a child because of the horrors he saw; he is no longer sure of who or what God is. He wonders why God would allow the Nazi’s cruelties and why would he grant the right to them to kill children. He urges that “Never shall [he] forget the first night in camp… Never shall [he] forget those moments that murdered [his] God and [his] soul and turned [his] dreams to ashes… Never”(40). Although Eliezer survived the concentration camps, he remained mentally imprisoned. Hitler takes away his childhood and ever …show more content…

Elie’s father, as well as many others, did not listen to the warnings of the danger because no one could imagine the horrendous things spoken about. They did not believe humans were capable of such extremities. Elie’s father refuses to leave when they have the opportunity because he too remained optimistic. Elie’s father realize that he made a terrible mistake once they arrive at the camps. He complains to Elie telling him why “did [he] not go with [his] mother” he did not wish to see his only son die right before him without doing anything. He feels guilt in his heart for not protecting his family when he had the chance. Elie mentions in the novel that “The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate [him]. To no longer exist... To no longer feel anything, neither fatigue nor cold, nothing… [his] father’s presence was the only thing that stopped [him]”(86). However, Elie’s father does not make it to freedom which takes away Elie’s reasons to keep living. He claims that his life has no meaning after losing his

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