Rhetorical Devices Used In Night Elie Wiesel

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In Night Elie Wisel uses two rhetorical devices to feel with the reader and show the reader what human behavior is like in times of distress with Pathos and Diction, and pathos is something that is done to a tee by Elie Wiesel. He truly makes you feel and remember what he went through. The holocaust was an horrifying and immensely emotional time that Elie had to suffer through. He goes in such detail of the racing emotions he felt whilst in the concentration camps. He talks about the fear he went through every day wondering if this will be his last. “Poor Devils, you are headed for the crematorium.”. The jews were treated like animals, no, dirt. Animals were treated better than Wiesel. Ellie Wiesel uses pathos to feel with the reader, not …show more content…

In the mothers quote even others were sad just seeing him suffer with them. One other rhetorical device Ellie Wiesel uses in Night is diction. Diction is the language or wording used in a text. Elie Wiesells diction is brilliant at describing the behaviors of those in the holocaust. Wording like “yisgadal veyishkadash shmey raba…May his name be celebrated and sanctified” just shows the detail in showing the behavior of different people. Some prayed, others gave up. The guards and the Jews views on eachother. Seen as “Poor Devils” knowing that these jewish people are also people, but not the kind they see as pure. We see diction like “Hell does not last forever…” used with the guards to show their reaction and behavior and quotes like “I was face to face with the angel of death” being used with the Wiesel and probably more jewish people just like him all with the stress of not knowing if they will live to see the next …show more content…

So Wiesel uses imagery to show the behaviors and help the reader visualize the horrors they witnessed. Wiesel likes to show and not tell. He shows the reader the killings, he shows the reader the burning bodies, and he shows you the electric fence that he would kill himself on. Wiesel makes the reader picture the burning corpses he was surrounded by every day “Babies. Yes, I did see this. with my own eyes … children thrown into the flames”. This sight alone drove the thought into his head to just run to the electric barbed wire for a quick painless death other than being dealt with a terrible demise. “I'll run into the electric barbed wire. That would be easier than a slow death in flames.” Wiesel shows how people acted, and how they felt during such a crisis. The people around him were like the guards and how the guards looked down upon him with disgust. After all, he was just a poor devil in their eyes. Wiesel makes the reader imagine the horrors awaiting the kids in the camps when he says “This was the end! Hitler was about to keep his promise.”. The dread in that statement made by Wiesel is horrifying. By the time Wiesel was free from the camps after it was liberated Wiesel lost a lot more than his parents. He was a shell of his former self. One look in the mirror was more horrifying than anything he saw

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