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!
In this book Elie speaks of his hardships and how he survived the concentration camps. Elie quickly changed into a sorrowful person, but despite that he was determined to stay alive no matter the cost. For instance, during the death
Enduring the weight being lifted off of him, relieved not being able to worry about his father anymore and can now help himself. All of this doesn 't mean that he doesn’t feel any regret either, the whole night his father wept for him to get achieve some water but soon silenced from a violent blow to the head by an officer’s truncheon. The last moments in chapter 9, Elie described his emotions that he gave a small distress that everything has stopped- but has nothing. “I had nothing to say of my life during this period. It no longer mattered.
Emotional death is the absence of feeling, which mainly occurs during war after one has been so painstakingly injured and suffered immensely that the only way to survive is to rid themselves of any emotional ties. The “death” explains the perception and realization of survival throughout war. In the novel Night, Elie explains the feeling of emotional death, “One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me” (115).
“An Episode of War” depicts a soldier’s life during the Civil War Era immaculately. From the harsh meal conditions, to the overwhelmed realization of tragedy, it is realistically historical down to a point. It gives the audience some “backstage knowledge” of how the routine of a soldier in early American history actually was. Back then, during the Civil War where the story was set, there were not many treatments that didn’t later on result in amputation/infection, or even death. So, when the Lieutenant was shot unexpectedly and told to go to the infirmary, he knew no matter what the doctor told him to keep him remaining calm, something drastic was bound to occur.
Moreover, in the poem Homesick, it utters, “That there 's a ghetto here, a place of evil and of fear. There 's little to eat and much to want, where bit by bit, it 's horror to live. But no one must give up! The world turns and times change” (stanza 5). In other
The utmost memorable visualization is in the eyes of the dead men lying on the ship’s floor. “The cold sweat melted from their limbs, / Nor rot nor reek did they: / The look with which they looked at me / Had never passed away” (253-256). The eyes of the men burn into the back of the Mariner’s mind and dramatically traumatize him, influencing the decisions he later accomplishes. The last example of gothic elements is described by the Pilot on his way to rescue the Mariner. This is similar to the genre of details given by the Mariner toward the phantom ship.
Rather than pleading how much this dreadful afterlife is Elpenor seems to care more about his body and remembrance of him not even bringing into context about the painful, lonely and joyless circumstance he’s experiencing. What he cares about is his legacy and how he will be buried, there is no withdraw of their self-knowledge or life they lived but the this signifies that the dead remotely resemble who they were when they were a part of life. Meaning, although in the House of Hades it is dark and gloomy there is still some sort of realization of who you are and what’s happened. Odysseus even recognizes the ghosts immediately, which shows that while their treatment is bad and lonely they aren’t completely stripped of appearance and if they’re recognizable then they must be in good enough health rather than weak and
The word choice Owen uses like “shivered” in the first stanza creates this atmospheric notion of coldness, wet, blue which contrasts with the first couplet in the second stanza. This comparison builds this sense of empathy for the veteran and displays how war Owen conveys the horror of war by describing the consequences of war. We know this because Owen writes “he sat in a wheelchair waiting for dark”. This is a very sentimental line as it shows what the soldier can do. All the soldier can do is “wait for dark”.
Elie Wiesel from Night demonstrates that everyone has bravery, faith, hope, and courage, how it is used will make an impact. Elie does this through the events that happened in Auschwitz. With pain everyone sometimes forgets to use these important traits. Wiesel first develops this theme through the travel from their homes to the small ghetto. He explained the loneliness of their homes they’ll never see again.
In pages eight-five to one hundred-three, several events happened. There was another selection. This time, Eliezer and his father were split up, Eliezer in the healthy line, and Father in the not healthy line. Luckily, Eliezer case enough comotion to get Father to his line. After this, all of the healthy people were put into cattle cars with no roof.
In the tantalizing novel, Night by Elie Wiesel, the author uses figurative to convey his thoughts and emotions. There are two cauldrons of soup left laying in the middle of the road with no one guarding them and the starving jews are looking at them. The author uses the metaphor, “ Two lambs with hundreds of wolves lying in wait for them.” ( Wiesel 59), to vividly describe this moment in time in the book. This is an accurate comparison of the two cauldrons of soup to two helpless sheep and the Jews to hungry wolves.
In the novel, Night, the author, Elie Wiesel, utilizes imagery to aid readers in visualizing the occurring events. This is especially seen in a passage that occurs when Moishe the Beadle returns from his horrific experience and is explaining what he went through. In the line, “Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks,” (6) an image of forced submission is developed and helps readers comprehend the event fully. Readers can see the cruelty of the experience through Wiesel’s specific word choice, which consequently creates strong imagery of thousands of people with necks to the sides, ready to be killed. The description stirs up a picture of people who have given
Losing faith is like clearing off a foggy windshield. The true pain and suffering of the world are revealed. During the Holocaust, the SS would often force prisoners to witness the deaths of fellow prisoners, to scare them into obeying the SS and to show the prisoners what would happen to them if they did not follow orders. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses symbolism and metaphors to show the theme that suffering will weaken religious faith.