At the beginning of the book, Mrs. Schachter hallucinates images of flames, a sign of a great calamity. While she sees these flames, the situation out and inside the car gets worse. The Jewish people are crammed in a little cattle car and most people are struggling to breath. Outside of the train, the weather starts to turn bad as it starts to get really cold as it begins to snow very heavily. Mrs. Schachter is freaking out because she literally experiences Hell on Earth.“‘Jews, listen to me,’ she cried.
The Author uses similes to explain the events of what he saw before and during the Holocaust in many ways. The first example in the memoir would be when Moishe warns in a whisper that“they think I’m mad,” followed by tears that “flowed like drops of wax from his eyes(7).” This example occurs when Moishe, the beatle, tries to warn other Jews about the threat that the Nazis have against them and how he was taken to the Concentration Camp. This example proves my thesis of the author who uses a sad and dramatic mood through similes and imagery by giving the reader
For instance, Holden Caulfield calls many people throughout the novel who he feels has selfish motives “phonies.” Equivalent to Holden, Wiesel feels the need to prevent people (the “phonies”) from forgetting the Holocaust. Holden rebels against respecting widely revered people and Wiesel rebels against the progressing society. However, Wiesel’s rebellious actions are less voluntary than those of Holden. Wiesel has a sense of responsibility for justifying the deaths of the Jewish people: “We had all taken an oath: ‘If, by some miracle, I emerge alive, I will devote my life to testifying on behalf of those whose shadow will fall on mine forever and ever.” On the other hand, Holden is a rebellious teenager with a cynical perspective on the world. As stated previously, Wiesel has cynical outlooks as well.
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.
Imagery in Night by Elie Wiesel “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them for a second time”(Elie Wiesel). 1986 Nobel Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, narrates his Holocaust experiences in the memoir Night to ensure that people do not forget. Night is based on the childhood experiences of Elie Wiesel during the Holocaust. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Transylvania before the start of the second world war. In 1944 Wiesel and the rest of the Jews in Sighet are sent to Auschwitz the infamous Nazi death camp.
Wiesel used foreshadowing in the story of Mrs. Schachter by having her yelling about a fire. Of course, no one knew of what she was talking about, so they quieted her. She continues to yell later as well and so the young men gagged her. When they arrived at Auschwitz Mrs. Schachter was screaming about the flames and the fire. When the train stopped, everyone jumped out avoiding the strike of a stick, they thenk smelled the stench of burning flesh from the fire.
One day when he is working in a hospital, Simon is asked to forgive a dying Nazi soldier, Karl. He is faced with a dilemma that everyone has to encounter at some point in their life, but this is different than forgiving a family member for lying to you. Simon has to decide right then whether or not to forgive a murderer of many innocent Jews. Simon Wiesenthal wrote this book because he wanted to reach out and find closure for his actions. He also wanted to tell the reader about his life as a Jew in a concentration camp and the horrors he faced.
The Holocaust is one of the if not the most cruel punishment for a single race in recorded human history. No one can truly understand the hardships that a man or woman had to go through to survive it. Society is continuously pretending to understand the pain that people similar to Eliezer had to go through. It is impossible to understand the horror of the Holocaust but in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel through the change of language it makes it a bit more realistic the effect the Holocaust has on a person. The form of medium Elie Wiesel uses helps the reader understand through a bias the day to day Eliezer had to suffer through.
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
The Night is always Darkest before the Dawn, this simple quote by English Theologian Thomas Fuller captures both the spiritual and also the literal connections to Elie Wiesel's memoir “Night”. Elie’s memoir focus’ on the horror of German Concentration camps and how being in has forever impacted him, each experience whether it be one of death, confusion, or despair masked his desire and ambitions. This theme was repeated many times throughout Elie’s memoir; when he first arrived at Birkenau, how the Gestapo treated the Jews, travel conditions during Jewish transfers, relationships between Jewish inmates, and many other heart-wrenching horrors,which he had witnessed and experienced. However he also talked about night and fire, which both hold significance to the Jews, who during their flight from Pharaoh, during 3rd and 2nd Century BC, followed the flame of fire by night and cloud by day, “...And the Lord went before them