Literary Analysis Essay On Night By Elie Wiesel

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Night Critical
Abdoul Bikienga
Johann Schiller once said “It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons”. But what happens when the night darkens our hearts our hearts? The Holocaust memoir Night does a phenomenal job of portraying possibly the most horrifying outcomes in such a situation. Through subtle and effective language, Wiesel is able to put into words the fearsome experiences he and his father went through in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. In his holocaust memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel utilizes imagery to show the effect that self-preservation can have on father son relationships. Wiesel addresses not only his own situation, but also the effect survival had inwards other fathers and sons in the camp. The memoir
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What can happen to the rest of one's emotions once a survival instinct takes over is astonishing. Eliezer’s sick father, Shlomo, was the only link he had back into his past, his good life. Also Shlomo was a burden to Elie. Whenever Elie started admitting that his father was a burden, he caught himself and stopped because he felt ashamed and guilty. When his father finally died of Dysentery, Elie found himself doing the unthinkable, he had abandoned his father like the Rabbi’s son did to him. Although he only did so in thought, Elie was aware and it made him question himself as his old mentor Moishe the Beadle taught him to do. Eliezer did not shed a tear for his father, and so he wouldn’t allow himself to dig deep into his feelings because he knew exactly what he would find; a sense of relief. The dehumanization that the Jews had experienced, threw all of their emotions out of place. Rather than feelings sad because his own father died, Elie was happy and relieved when his father had passed. Once dehumanized, the animal instinct to drop the load and keeping moving forward kicks

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