The word “night” is very important to the title Night. It was titled with the name due to the memories that Elie held. Whenever he recalls the memories he feels fear, death, pain, and darkness. In these ways, the word night is significant. The meaning is more than just the word and the time of day, it’s a feeling; an
In Night, there are several quotes residing within its covers which are of the utmost significance along with containing utter poignancy. These quotes are not mellifluous and influence the novel in their own idiosyncratic methods. There were moments when the main protagonist reaches a religious nadir, which is concomitant to the loss of hope in his future dreams. The second quote projects a differentiation in Eliezer's opinion of soup, contingent on his previous observations of executions. The last quote containing a deep meaning about the imperious dictator Hitler.
Fire is often a symbol of pain and suffering and is particularly evident throughout different personal accounts of historical events. Throughout Night, by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel gives an accurate account of his life throughout the Holocaust while using different motifs to symbolize the horrors of the Holocaust. Wiesel uses motifs to show things without actually saying them directly. Throughout Night, the motif of fire is portrayed as a symbol of Hell on Earth and usually indicates that a bad thing will start to happen and is shown in multiple moments including Mrs. Schaechter, the Crematoriums, and the Death March. At the beginning of the book, Mrs. Schachter hallucinates images of flames, a sign of a great calamity.
Upon analyzing Night for the personal or cultural principles that were prioritized during the Holocaust, Wiesel utilizes literary devices to reveal that humans begin to lose faith, hope, and morality when subjected to circumstances of injustice. Wiesel conveys the loss of faith in individuals when they experience unbearable situations through the application of irony. After an operation, Wiesel engaged in a conversation with another patient regarding Hitler’s plans for
Compassion should have little to no boundaries. In almost every great story there is a specific character or a group of characters that help the protagonist because they feel bad for them. Compassion is also an important aspect of a functioning society; therefore, Elie Wiesel’s Night, 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose, and the generosity of spirit shown by average citizens after the recent shooting in Las Vegas are all perfect examples of the importance of compassion. There are a handful of important examples of compassion in Night; however, certain parts illustrate the concept best. To begin, in part six; Elie tries to encourage Zalman to keep walking during the march to Gleiwitz, in fear of them being killed.
In the world today, there are good kind hearted people, and there are also individuals who have immoral ulterior motives. But, to truly gain an insightful view of the person is to regard their actions under extreme conditions and pressure. While Elie Wiesel suffers during the Holocaust in his memoir Night, he witnesses the actions—whether good or bad, of the people he meets, and their motives that were never forgotten, as displayed in the novel. Since the Holocaust was an extreme event that caused pressure to make the right decisions, and suffer by the hands of the Nazis, or to act with neglect to the victims and be ridden with guilt, it can be said many Holocaust victims suffered, and some of the bystanders noticed and took action. One such
What can we learn about human nature from the book Night? Human nature is the general psychological characteristics, feelings, and qualities of humankind which determines human behavior and motivation. We can learn that there is a lot of examples of human nature in the book Night like losing hope during desperate times, doing anything for food and going to the extreme for pleasure and sex. Night shows us that human nature will lose hope during desperate times, that they will just give up when they're in pain. For example in Night on page 105 second paragraph, it states “I can't anymore .
One of the most compelling themes in night is Identity. Identity is such an issue for Wiesel because the events of Night coincided with Wiesel’s adolescence. Elie is seemingly firm in his identity and self awareness at the beginning of the Novel. He prioritizes his faith and he conceptualizes his place in society in relation to others. Once Elie is forced to spend an impressionable part of his adolescence in the Concentration Camp, his sense of perception is warped.
Elie is worrisome of his father’s demise; therefore, the Kapo, who understands Elie’s trouble, attempts to comfort him and works him less to allow him to overcome the heartbreak. He knows a heavy workload would put Elie under more stress, which could be prevented. By using the characters and events in Night, Wiesel exhibits the theme that people can help one through hard times. Houston, the author of Farewell to Manzanar, also portrays the same theme; people can help one through hard times, through the use of characters and events. Like Wiesel, Houston uses the characters to create the theme.
Elie Wiesel’s Metamorphosis “Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for- ever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never” (pg 36).