Elie Wiesel Symbolism In Night

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The Holocaust is considered one of the most notable events to happen in human history. Adolf Hitler’s plan was to exterminate all races of which he thought was inferior to his master race, The Aryan Race. To effectively kill them, he made concentration camps where the prisoners would be worked to death. Sadly, most of the races targeted and killed were the Jews. They were blamed for everything such as World War I and World War II. Fortunately, some prisoners managed to live through the hardship and told the world about their stories. One of those stories is Night, the story of a teenager who survived The Holocaust losing everything dear to him in the process. In Night by Elie Wiesel, his mental and physical grown was developed through symbolism. In Night by Elie Wiesel, “Last Night” conveys development in the main character. Elie has experienced the same things that happened in the last night of every place he went to. He grew mentally to prepare for what happened every time; although, physically he was unprepared. The …show more content…

Every week, to reduce the number of Jews in the camps to prevent overcrowding, The Selection occurs. It is basically Survival of the Fittest, as the weak are selected to die and the strong continue to work. Elie’s father thought that he was too slow and was selected to die, so he gave Elie everything that he had. Elie did not want the spoon and knife because it was a sign of his father giving up on life. “Here, take this knife,” he said. “I won’t need it anymore. You may find it useful. Also take this spoon. Don’t sell it. Quickly! Go ahead take what I’m giving you!” (75) The spoon and knife symbolizes a part of Elie and his father’s humanity. They were the last possessions that his father had since everything was either traded or stolen from him. Being that they were the last things his father had, he has something to remember his father by if he

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