Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Hope and an optimistic attitude are characteristics of a rational and humane mindset. Documenting how these ideals change throughout a period of time in writing can be done through various means of rhetoric including figurative language. In Elie Wiesel 's personal memoir Night, he incorporates similes and metaphors to effectively convey how the victims ' humanity deteriorated throughout the course of the Holocaust. Wiesel 's figurative language at the beginning of the novel conveys how the Jewish people followed commendable politesse and practiced reasonable behavior early on in the Holocaust.
When an air raid was occurring a prisoner trying to get a hold of soup “let out a terrible scream, a death rattle such as I had never had before, and with an open mouth, thrust his head toward the still seaming liquid. (59-60).” This example of imagery occurs when a man is shot while in the process of trying to get soup. This imagery helps with the senses of the mood through the actions described that show a desperate person struggling. Another example of imagery would be when Elie saw the look of his father as if he had been tormented, noticing the “his body was completely, shriveled up into himself. His eyes were glazed over, his lips parched decayed (88).” This example of imagery is made to shape the reader’s thought of this scene with a dramatic mood through words that will describe the situation in a serious and dramatic way.
We see generosity with the sharing of rations, but also lies for the purpose of boosting morale and instilling hope, and the gradual numbness, violence and savagery when fighting for survival. c. What are some symbols in Night? How do they relate to the plot and characters? The symbol of night itself is seen frequently in the novel. Night symbolizes all things dark, the suffering endured, and death.
Lastly, Spiritual death. Spiritual death is a large part of this story, mostly because it shows the complete loss of faith. An example of this is “Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.” (Wiesel 34). This is the night of his first time at camp. This is significant because it shows how quickly he became spiritually dead.
In order for the readers, to properly do this and understand the feelings of the characters, the story must first have some credibility to it which in this case, is given by the theme of loss of faith in God. In the Holocaust, while it was a massacre of all non-Aryan races, Hitler particularly targeted the Jews and sought to exterminate them due to their faith. He does this by implementing a plan described by Saul Lerner in his Magill’s Literary Annual 1981 as “a comprehensive program of mass murder” (2). This plan involved first putting the Jews into ghettos, granting them nonperson status and eventually, shipping them to concentration camps. In these concentration camps, the Jews were given inhumane, brutal actions.
For example, in the book “ Night” Elie was in the roll call with everyone else and there was a tank of soup resting there. Consequently, there was a guy who was getting closer and closer to it. Effectively, as he got to the destination of the soup, he paused looked at it, and started screaming while drowning himself into the warm liquid. As a result, they evacuated everyone from the lot and killed the guy. This guy represents the life during The Holocaust because it shows how mad they would get with the little portions of food they
No longer was fire used as a tool of the virtuous to punish the wicked. It has become a tool of the wicked to punish the good. Fire symbolizes not only death, but also the brutality of the Nazis. Fire is an example of hate because it acts as a symbol of Nazis’ power as the Nazis use it as a weapon. Many died because of fire in the Holocaust, when Nazis burned bodies into the crematoria.
“Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.” This quote explains how traumatizing the first night of the next two years would be like for Eliezer. In Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, he retells his horrific story about him and his father enduring the challenges of multiple concentration camps. Eliezer changes throughout this book by, questioning his faith, learning self-preservation, and realizing that evil is worse than he could imagine. Primarily, Eliezer believed in an all powerful God, but after he experienced the tragedy of the concentration camps, he questions his faith. After Elie was separated from his family, people around him were saying the prayer of the dead, for they thought they were going to die.
‘The icicle,’ I thought. ‘The perfect murder weapon. The one that melts.’ I studied the dying man at my feet with the mild curiosity that one might study a dead bird or rabbit they found on the sidewalk. I watched as the the light left his eyes and his lips formed one last shaky word: “Why?” ‘Why indeed.’ I thought. For a moment I couldn’t remember.
Out of the two world wars, World War II is known to be the bloodiest and brutal war. The main reason this is to believed is because to the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the time period where many were persecuted for their beliefs and race. Hitler is who is to blame for the Holocaust, he is the one who organized all the horrific things done to the people who did not fall under his Master Race. Despite the many theories about the purpose of the Holocaust, the real purpose make those who weren’t members of the Master Race fear the Nazi Regime, to force them to obey the Nazi’s without question.
The effects of the setting on Wiesel are reflected in the way he ends book, talking about how he is essentially dead now. The look in Wiesel’s eyes as he gazed at himself in the mirror never left him (Wiesel, __) because he was so malnutritioned that he literally looked like a corpse. When he saw himself, he was so surprised that that image has stuck with him. In fact, they were so starved that their “first act as free men was to throw [themselves] onto the provisions ... no thought of revenge, or of parents. Only of bread” (Wiesel, 115?).
1- Elie Wiesel is comparing the soup to the taste of corpses because before they went to get their soup to eat, they watched the hanging of three bodies, two men and a child. They had to watch the light child struggle for life in the noose, watching him for half an hour up close until he died, no one wanted to see a child get hanged at an age like that. I feel that the emotions Elie is trying to communicate with us is extreme sadness and sorrow not only because of the death of the two prisoners, but because of the death of the boy. This quote to me, means that because of what he saw up close and for a half an hour, the 13 year old boy trying to cling to his life in the noose, had left a bad taste in his mouth for the soup. 2- I believe that
For example when he saw the little boy get hanged after being used as a sexual slave, or even when they had to eat snow with bread to fill their stomachs up. From him looking in the mirror he learns that he isn 't the same boy in Sighet, Transylvania, who had enough food to eat, a good place to lay his head at night, and a boy who had family. 4. Write your response to the book.. Night by Elie Wiesel was a interesting book. What I liked about this book was the fact that he actually wrote about how the nazi first came into their town acting like they cared about the jews then slowly, they moved from the ghetto to the camp.
These two aspects that were so important to him prior to World War Two were eradicated from his personality. The loss of his baby sister and the execution of the child made him severely question his faith in God. The death of his father caused his loss of faith in the human race. The evils Wiesel was forced to experience were horrendous and terrifying. The holocaust is not an event humanity can ever forget, for all the pain it has
The Jews and those of the oppressed were crying out, “How was it possible that man, woman, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent? No. All this could not be real. A nightmare perhaps... (32).” These outcasts of the “Aryan race” arguably experienced the worst this world has to offer, unspeakable and unbearable conditions to even exist in, they lived in the end of hope; they cried out with their only breath for this world to listen, just as the smoke consumed their hope, their lives, and their existence. Grimly, these “inmates of the European prison” faced not only a physical torture/murder of their bodies, but also a crushing blow to their mind, soul, and faith throughout the second war of the world.