The autobiographical novel “Night” by Elie Wiesel is about a very dark time in history. For the main character, Eliezer, being taken away to concentration camps in Germany (Auschwitz) was a nightmare. As a young boy, Eliezer was incredibly devoted to this faith, Judaism. But after seeing the horrendous acts that his God allowed to happen, he has lost his belief in any kind of God. People view religion as a light, a brightness of being saved by following the instructions of a divine power.
In the novel Night, the word night contained great significance and has very deep meaning. Elie’s memory of everything in this time period is dark and tragic. It is called Night to show what he felt like during this whole time period, and it felt like one long, painful night to him. Night represents the pain, fear, death, and darkness from Elie’s past. “We stared at the flames in the darkness.
I’m not an overly superstitious person but several times while I was reading I had to set the book down and process, shivering all the while. My insides were freezing cold. But night is a core concept of this novel and is used to symbolize death, despair, and Wiesel 's loss of faith in God and humanity. It 's also when core parts of the story happen; like when they all first arrived in Auschwitz, it was inky black and Wiesel spent all night outside in the cold with his father, watching as ash plumed out of the smokestacks, the aroma of death wafting around them. There were nights where he could taste death in the food, and powerful imagery like this always took place in the evening.
Elie Wiesel is not only a talented author but a survivor of the holocaust who documented his horrific experiences in his memoir “Night”. In the beginning of the book Elie Wiesel was one of the most religious people in his town of Saghet who had a dream of living a monastic life. However, as a result of the harrowing injustices he endured he continuously lost faith in his religion. Within the book the reader is reminded again and again that when extreme adversity is experienced, faith is often lost. Night first documents loss of faith due to tragic experiences when Elie thinks, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me.
During the Holocaust, many of the Jews have noticed that they have changed over time. As much as Jew’s wanted to speak for themselves, or even save others, this wasn’t possible due to their fear of winning them causing silence. In the Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, shows how Wiesel’s experience was during this harsh time in his life as a teenager. During this experience, Wiesel discovers how others, also including him, decided to remain silent as a result of their fear, causing some choices to be avoided and not made. To sum up, Wiesel’s experience portrays that fear always wins and causes others to be silent.
Anyone who ever lived in a concentration camp knew that they could have died any day. They knew that they no longer had control over their lives. Living in a place like that changed people drastically. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and symbolism to show how awful his time in the concentration camps was and how it contributed to his loss of faith. Wiesel uses characterization of himself when he was a young boy and when he was a teenager in the concentration camps by explaining how much he loved his religion and how much more he wanted to learn about it and then by explaining how it regressed the longer he was in the concentration camps.
While this subject is very upsetting to hear- proven by my tears- it will guarantee something like the Holocaust will never happen again. As my history teacher always says, history is only relevant to us when it’s personal. Seeing how much Elie was affected by spending one night in a camp has made the Holocaust even more real and personal to me. I finally see how much of a real nightmare it was, and I can only hope this will never happen again for the rest of
Life is full of good and bad experiences, but you don’t always have control of what happens. That can be scary sometimes and it depends on how you handle it as to whether you get out of that situation. In the memoir Night written by Elie Wiesel, Eli, a teenager had been taken away from his home and taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Night is the scary record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his own family and the death of his own innocence as he tries to fight his way out of the concentration camp. Over the course of the book, Eli changes from a believer in God living in bearable conditions to someone who has become profane because of the situation he’s been put in.
In fact, before the trip Elie looked at the gates in front of the prisoners that would lead majority of them to their death. Once outside the camp, “it seemed as though an even darker night was waiting for us on the other side” (84). The motif of night can be identified effortlessly because of the key words and attention grabbing context of the literary
But, when he struggled to defend human rights’, he realized something. That not even the people who take away a man’s freedom, are not free. When Mandela went to prison, his view on human rights’ changed. He started to realize that he wasn’t the only one not free, that everyone else around was not free either. In paragraph ten it says, “It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black.
Night is the time when the SS came for the Jews, and when they were evacuated to concentration camps. In this perspective night was a time to be feared, since it was dark you couldn’t see anything. However night was also a time where the Jews could cry and let down their guard because no one could see them. In this perspective night was a time of relaxation and comfort. A twisted double-edged sword.
All the work and treatment they experienced was inhuman. I think a large amount of them were led to give up, including Elie Wiesel.Even when the camp was liberated, the pain was not over, “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me“ (Wiesel 109). This quote makes you realize that the pain was still not over for the survivors. Night will leave you feeling helpless and wishing there would have been a way to help
(Gerund, provides evidence on how hard it was -ing) “The look in his eyes as they stared into mine, has never left mine” (Wiesel, 119) Going to a concentration camp being poor can truly be challenging. Beneath the poor man he was telling them information because being down in the dirt traveled on many times people don’t look at him with respect. (Prepositional phrase) But, of course, the people didn 't listen because he was poor. Of the stressfulness and miserable images they had in their head they were way too scared to only image what was next. (Infinitive, starts the sentence “of”) He closed his eyes as though to escape time” (Wiesel, 17).
Other countries, like Poland, were also affected by this, Concentration Camps were built in Poland and all Jewish people living in Poland were put into a camp. Additionally, the effects the camps have on people today are completely different. Even today the Holocaust is affecting Jewish people. Many survivors need therapy because of what happened inside of the camps and a lot refrain from telling their experiences because it brings back painful memories. On the other hand, the majority of Japanese-Americans that survived were left in a stable position with less long term effects when compared to the Nazi Concentration Camps.