Elie Wiesel has written his story from personal experience. The book Night gives you an inside image of the horrors and hopelessness in Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps of World War II. Wiesel tells how his childhood turns around within a few years of being a man in the concentration camps. From my perspective this book is not only a warning sign for our future generations, it’s a well descriptive novel and a good story to read, it gives a great Intel and goes into great depth about that time in history. Also one of the only books that has showed me one’s voice has a very huge impact than a listing of statistics.
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.
The horror of the Holocaust has broken this boy into losing every want but to just simply breathe. He was no longer living a life but was just a shell of himself now breathing. He is explaining to the reader the significance that the lack of food truly is. Food which is a basic need for every human being became a scarcity. This scarcity helps him devalue himself and feel he is ceasing to exist and with this starts using irregular sentence structures as seen in the quote “I was nothing but ash now” (Wiesel 54).
The innocence and compassion of helping people in this world has been lost and seems like it will be lost forever. “I’ve not seen a fire in a long time, that’s all. I live like an animal.” This fire was supposed to represent the basic decency in a world that has been corrupt. Ely hasn’t seen it for a while and when he saw the boy, he thought he was dead because such innocence and compassion seemed very unreal. This gives hope to readers that the man and boy still have good morals in them and that they could survive and simultaneously “carry the
Not only Elie, so do other people. “Next to me lay a Hungarian Jew suffering from dysentery. He was skin and bones, his eyes were dead… These words, coming from the grave, as it were, from a faceless shape, filled me with terror” (Wiesel 78). Gregor faces the same problem—the reduction of self-awareness. “Streaks of dirt ran along the walls; here and there lay tangles of dust and garbage” (Kafka 33).
They continuously carved out pieces of him until there was nothing left but a warm body - remnants of what used to be a person. When Wiesel said, “One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. (115)” it revealed how little there was left of him after the camps.
«…but the death and darkness in that instant closed the eyes of Argus, who had seen his master, Odysseus, after twenty years. » As one can see, Argus, who proved to be extremely loyal and true at heart towards Odysseus, struggled to wait for his master’s return before he let go off life and peacefully passed
This is where they broke when even their dreams were fueled by the nightmares of day. When the realization finally hit Henry, he became a statue among the living, unable to mourn, unable to feel anything, after the death of so many what do you expect. Whilst Hamlet let his dreams follow him to his grave finally being safe with his god and his family ruling over nothing having everything. A dream is but a shadow we don’t even lose it in death but in the dark of night when no one can see it’s gone and jack continued living in a state of perpetual
Please use a different type of figurative language for each example. In a poem written by Elie Wiesel he says “Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.” (Wiesel 34 ) This is a personification cause moments can’t really kill someone’s soul or god. This piece of figurative language has a big impact on the text because it is pretty much saying that the moments that happened in the camp made him lose that connection with his god, soul and made him feel like his dreams were never going to happen cause he was just sitting in that camp doing labor for several months. This affects the reader cause this shows more of how the camp really
When Elie was in the hospital after they were all freed, it says “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” (Wiesel 115). After the long “night,” Elie felt like he was dead, and his eyes held no signs of life. This entire time in his life drained him of everything. The word “night” is very important to the title Night.
He didn’t care if the cowboys thought he was too young. He would work hard, and stay out of the way. He was done with that little town, its sad people, and all the sorrow that had plagued his life. He relished the idea of being free. He could do nothing about the aching pain of how his dad died…in a self imposed sleep from too much of the sleeping salts, and a fallen candle that set off the fire.
Stein was related to Eliezer, he visited Elie and his father often in the camp. Stein came crying because he missed his family. Stein was on the verge of giving up, “The only thing that keeps me alive, is to know that Reizel and the little ones are still alive,” (Wiesel 45). When Stein received the news about his family being dead, he gave up entirely and was never seen again. The experience that Stein suffered through supported the theme by showing that the possibility of his loved ones being alive kept him holding onto his own life.