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.
“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 book Night by Elie Wiesel portrays him as a young boy living and surviving through one of the most horrific moments in history, the Nazis and all the concentration camps including Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald. As a young boy Elie grew up in Sighet, a small town in Romania. Elie and the rest of the town, including his father mother and siblings were captured by the Germans and were taken to many of the concentration camps. While at the camps Elie was left with his father and experienced many of the horrors of the camps. Throughout the book Elie and his father saw some of the awful things that happened at the camps including people burned, hanged, murdered, beaten, starved, and put to work under terrible conditions.
“NIGHT” By Eli Wiesel. Elie Weisal was born in 1928 in a small town of Sighet, Transylvania, which is now a part of modern day Romania. Eli Was raised in a Jewish Orthodox family was the eldest sibling of two. Eli in his mid – twenties wrote the first version of his book “night” a chronicle tale of his survival as a Concentration and extermination camp prisoner and the perils he suffered at the hands of his German Tormentors. In his book he writes about his never ending hunger, the everyday struggle just to stay alive under the constant fear of death, daily beatings inflicted on them by the Germans and Kapos, and how the Germans were able to reduce them to nothing but cattle.
Adversity is a condition marked by misfortune; however, every person has at one point experienced difficulty whether benign or extremely severe. A true story, 'Night ' was published in 1960 is a literature work by Elie Wiesel focusing on his encounter with his father between 1944 and 1945. However, the setting occurred at the Nazi German concentration camps situated at Auschwitz and Buchenwald towards the culmination of the Second World War at the height of the Holocaust. Elie convinced that he lived an ordinary life until the German troops within his residence separated him from part of his family. 'Night, ' illustrates endurance and struggles faced by Elie at an early age such as loss of self-identity, self-belonging, loss of innocence, and the gap left in the soul.
In Night, Elie Wiesel uses details to portray his resilience through the hardships of the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, Wiesel has a religious dilemma in which he begins to have doubts on whether God is there in the deathly stressful struggles of the Holocaust. During his first night in Auschwitz, Wiesel sees the “flames that consumed my faith”(34). Wiesel has experienced and witnessed numerous horrors already on the first day, like the immeasurable amount of people that have been thrown into the crematorium. Towards the end of their time at Buchenwald, Wiesel’s father dies one night and is carried away.
Unbroken How does one 's past affect one’s identity in the future? Louie Zamperini, a World War II veteran who suffered in japanese prison camps, spent his early years getting into trouble. His brother, Pete Zamperini, pushed him out of his comfort zone and made him join the track team. Louie set many records, and made it to the Berlin Olympics. Louie starts his life as a determined athlete, but because of internal and external conflicts, he changes to an enduring patriot, and finally, to a troubled veteran.
The horror of the Holocaust has broken this boy into losing every want but to just simply breathe. He was no longer living a life but was just a shell of himself now breathing. He is explaining to the reader the significance that the lack of food truly is. Food which is a basic need for every human being became a scarcity. This scarcity helps him devalue himself and feel he is ceasing to exist and with this starts using irregular sentence structures as seen in the quote “I was nothing but ash now” (Wiesel 54).
He was following his father’s request and he no longer felt the need to fast. “I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him.” (Page 69) This means that Elie is irritated of God not doing anything
Towards the end of the novel, Wiesel 's use of figurative comparisons displays how behavior became more inhumane and conditions worsened as circumstances became increasingly dire. An example of this is when the Germans throw bread around for the victims to scramble and eat and relates the men 's behavior to, "Wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes;…" (Wiesel 105). Wiesel implies that the victims have been so deprived of nutrition that they have no regard for human etiquette. This shift in nature from acting tactfully to behaving like wild animals signifies that the victims have lost their sense of humanity. Additionally, Wiesel conveys how circumstances were challenging when his father fell ill and had, "become like a child, weak, timid, vulnerable" (Wiesel 110).