Night In Elie Wiesel's Night

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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. A wretched stench floated in the air….In front of us, those flames. In the air, the smell of burning flesh. It must have been around midnight.” (Wiesel 28). Bodies of people were burned in the dark. The flames bore high into the night sky, along with the smells. “Die today or tomorrow, or later? The night was growing longer, neverending.” (Wiesel…show more content…
The night was growing longer, neverending.” (Wiesel 98). During the train ride to Buchenwald, everyone was tired, cold and hungry. People were starving or freezing to death, packed with 100 people to each cart. Nobody knew how long the ride was going to be, and they didn’t know when to expect to die. They were dying and confused, not knowing nor having anything to do. The ride kept going and going, which shows the night which never ends. This is how the majority of his years in captive were spent feeling; neverending darkness. Night represents not knowing what is to come. When Elie was in the hospital after they were all freed, it says “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” (Wiesel 115). After the long “night,” Elie felt like he was dead, and his eyes held no signs of life. This entire time in his life drained him of everything. The word “night” is very important to the title Night. It was titled with the name due to the memories that Elie held. Whenever he recalls the memories he feels fear, death, pain, and darkness. In these ways, the word night is significant. The meaning is more than just the word and the time of day, it’s a feeling; an
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