In the novel Night the protagonist, Elie Wiesel, narrates his experiences as a young Jewish boy surviving the Holocaust. Elie 's autobiographical memoir informs the reader about how the Nazis captured the Jews and enslaved them in concentration camps, where they experienced the absolute worst forms of torture, abuse and inhumane treatment. Dehumanization is shown in the story when the Jews were stripped of their identities and belongings, making them feel worthless as people. From the start of Elie Wiesel 's journey of the death camps, his beliefs of his own religion is fragile as he starts to lose his faith. Lastly, camaraderie is present as people in the camps are all surviving together to stay alive so as a result the people in the camp shine light on other people 's darkness.
Rather than giving away his rations of food, Eliezer learns that he needs to do anything he can to ensure his survival, while he remains at the concentration camps. Furthermore, Eliezer experienced evil in a way like no other. As the prisoners were forced to move to another camp during winter, they would be shot if they fell behind. In chapter six it said, “They had orders to shoot anyone who could not sustain the pace.” By saying this the author explained how evil, and unjust the SS officers were to the prisoners. This explains how the Nazi soldiers treated the Jews, and that they had no regard for how they
Elie Wiesel stated, “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” in his Nobel Prize Speech in 1986. In doing so, he clearly states the purpose of writing Night: to demonstrate the horrors that he experienced during the Holocaust, not becoming reticent in the process. In expressing this message, Wiesel utilizes a myriad of literary and rhetorical devices including but not limited to foreshadowing, diction that conveys inferiority, and analogies. An example of foreshadowing is seen early in the book when Mrs. Schächter, a friend the author’s family, started to lose control during the train ride to a concentration camp when “a piercing cry [from Mrs. Schächter] broke the silence: ‘Fire! I see a fire!
Hell on earth has been redefined for many. Some may perceive it as a typical annoyance, however others may see it as literal torture in scenarios such as the Holocaust. In the Buchenwald concentration camp that Elie Wiesel attended, he encountered the first American soldiers. To them, perceiving just a glimpse of how the Jews were living was enough to make them bewildered and unable to comprehend what was going on. To them, it was unknown as to what to do or what to say.
This deteriorates an individual's emotional well being and will to live which leads to an unjustified faith. Elie’s identity has been reshaped by the sensation of feeling meaningless because his name is accustomed around his personality which defines one’s identity. Thus without a name, Eliezer has no individual personality or identity. Auschwitz is eminent for their impeccable lifestyle and cold-blooded soldiers. The barbarous SS men are domineering towards the Jewish captives throughout their eerie threats and actions, as demonstrated in the following quotation, “From time to time, a shot exploded in the darkness.
Why was this permitted? Wiesel pinpoints the indifference of humans as the real enemy, causing further suffering and lost to those already in peril. Wiesel commenced the speech with an interesting attention getter: a story about a young Jewish from a small town that was at the end of war liberated from Nazi rule by American soldiers. This young boy was in fact himself. The first-hand experience of cruelty gave him credibility in discussing the dangers of indifference; he was a victim himself.
The Holocaust was entitled as the worst act of genocide in history. Emotionally the Nazi 's tortured the Jews for years in concentration camps deprived them of their named and identity. Although there are many themes represented in the holocaust art and literature, struggle to maintain faith is present in the passage from Elie Wiesel 's Night, Judith dazzios "A day in the life of the Warsaw ghetto "and Alexander Kimels "The action in the ghetto of rohatyn" "Silence in the Jews Ghetto" It was a very bad time from the start for the Jews. They were brutally punished by the Nazi 's for no apparent reason. Line nine "The heat was oppressive.
In order for the readers, to properly empathize with the characters, the story must first have some credibility to it which, in this case, is given by the theme of loss of faith in god. In the holocaust, while it was a massacre of all non-aryan races, Hitler particularly targeted the jews, putting the Jews into ghettos, granting them nonperson status and eventually, shipping to concentration camps where countless brutal, inhumane things were done to them including being put in gas chambers, thrown in the crematorium if they weren't fit and worked without any regards to their comfort or rights. Essentially, the Jews weren't treated as humans due to their faith. It would be strange if all of the jews continued to believe in god, a being supposedly all good and all powerful, when they have went without any signs of him for so long and faced persecution due to their believe in him. Thus, Wiesel uses the theme loss of faith in god in order to give credibility to the events in his memoir, for the ultimate purpose of getting the readers to empathize with the
It gives a sense of the hope victims were slowly and cruelly robbed of. By illuminating the bleak reality of life as a victim of the holocaust, poems like this one serve as a reminder to readers not to forget what happened. In this case, the “barbaric” language actually helps intensify the poetry’s purpose - striking language can shock the audience to make the poetry more memorable. In Deathfugue, Paul Celan writes of the overwhelming amount of death that surrounds him. “...he whistles his Jews into rows has them shovel a grave in the ground / he commands us to play up for the dance.” By depicting a scene portraying people forced to dig their own graves and then sing and dance after, it offers a revolting look at the way people were victimized - one which readers will not soon
The similarities in Night and Schindler’s list are very obvious but one theme comes out in particular. Many people try not to realize what's true when they don’t want to when they see how fallacious it is. In the first few pages of Night by Elie Wiesel a boy discovers the horrors that are happening in Germany to the Jews and tries to warn others what is coming, ”Some even insinuated that he only wanted their pity, that he was imagining things. Others flatly said that he had gone mad.”(P.7 Elie Wiesel). Moise the beatle being “he” was trying to warn others what was coming their way, but instead of believing him, Jews felt pity and was sorry for him for falling mad.
I don’t think there is another quote out there that can better summarize life under Nazi rule. I think that this quote really gets the point across that if you see something terrible happening, and don’t try to stop it you’re just as bad as the person doing it. This really tells me that you can’t be afraid to speak up for something that is wrong, even if it means death. The quote mentions that if you stand by and lets all these bad things happen, that you are as guilty as the people doing them. I think that is very true, the counties who sat by and watched the holocaust happen are just as bad as the Nazis.
The work serves as an example of a devastating effect of evil on innocence. The Holocaust served as an event that has disrupted both human history and the life story of God. Night is one of only a few books that gives us the understanding about the Holocaust. The Holocaust’s significance is for the human understanding of man’s relationship to God. However.