The memoir Night written by Holocaust survivor Eliezer Wiesel is a recollection of the Holocaust. In the memoir Eliezer describes his experience during the height of the Holocaust near the end of the second World War. A time of concentration camps and prejudice on Jews from the Germans/Nazis. In Eliezer’s memoir he uses literary devices to help bring his experience to life for the audience. Using similes, metaphors, irony, symbolism, imagery, and so much more.
This selection determined the difference between life and death for several individuals. One instance of this is a Jewish survivor known as Elie Wiesel. His first person narrative Nigh publishes his horrific experiences during the Holocaust. The memoir discusses the impressions the event had on him. 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.
a. How does Elie Wiesel reveal character in Night? Throughout Night characters are revealed directly. Elie’s observations, descriptions, and narrations show us character development. Methods utilized frequently are interactions between people, family bonds, descent into death, desperation for survival, indifference to the well-being of others, as well as generosity and selflessness to their fellow man.
Elie Wiesel stated, “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” in his Nobel Prize Speech in 1986. In doing so, he clearly states the purpose of writing Night: to demonstrate the horrors that he experienced during the Holocaust, not becoming reticent in the process. In expressing this message, Wiesel utilizes a myriad of literary and rhetorical devices including but not limited to foreshadowing, diction that conveys inferiority, and analogies. An example of foreshadowing is seen early in the book when Mrs. Schächter, a friend the author’s family, started to lose control during the train ride to a concentration camp when “a piercing cry [from Mrs. Schächter] broke the silence: ‘Fire! I see a fire!
The book focuses on Wiesel and his father experiencing the torture that the Nazis put them through, and the unspeakable events that Wiesel witnessed. The author, Wiesel, was one of the handfuls of survivors to be able to tell his time about the appalling incidents that occurred during the Holocaust. That being the case, in the memoir Night, Wiesel uses somber descriptive diction, along with vivid syntax to portray the dehumanizing actions of the Nazis and to invoke empathy to the reader. For instance, the author uses grim diction and ellipsis to show suspense and to portray the horrific actions that occurred. Elie Wiesel was able to use ellipses and specific diction to display the time in which he got beaten 25 times for meddling in Idek’s affair with a Polish girl.
Will has a hard time accepting the role, but realizes that it is the only way to live if you desire close relationships and people to remember you. Will begins to tell the story of how his father dies and the story comes full circle for Will and Edward. Will Bloom will eventually take on the role of the crazy old man with all of the stories as his son grows up and as he grows old. He was conflicted with being this person and had to experience the story for himself with his father to finally accept who he will become in the eyes of others. Being a Pantaloon in this story is not a bad thing, as we can see many people from Edward’s life show up at his funeral to remember the most interesting person they have ever met.
In Night, a non-fictional novel, Elie Wiesel, the author, recounts his experience with his father at Nazi German concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir on the Holocaust, the novel addresses the task of describing the indescribable and does it quite well, taking readers on an emotional roll coaster. The novel evokes various feelings including sadness and anger as Wiesel describes explicit details of his experiences during the Holocaust. After reading Night, I felt powerless and depressed as I reflected on my perspective of humanity. I also felt disappointed and frustrated with the details perhaps due to the fact that the details came from a true story.
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.
Elie assumed that his faith would provide him with the answers. Elie’s life had changed. As he enters his adulthood he was no longer the ‘spoiled child’, no longer the naive boy but a young man exposed to the evils of war. He lost his virtuousness and learnt the ability to lie and commit acts of selfishness. Elie’s previous reality had weakened and disappeared.
In this time of my life I found out the harsh realities of life and how not everything is fair. In the book Night Elie has to go through something similar to this. In Ellie 's case it was much more rigorous he has to go through his whole family dying for no apparent reasons. This showed Elie how life can 't always be fair and to value everything when you have the