Similarities Between Night And Night By Elie Wiesel

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In his book, Night, Elie Wiesel wrote, “I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it…” yet they did just that. To this day, one of the most taught and lectured wars is the Holocaust, where around eleven million people died in the most gruesome and evil manner ever imagined. People were burned and gassed but no one did anything to stop it. There are hundreds of books and movies out today that try to help us understand just what it was like in those days. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History written by Art Spiegelman and Night written by Elie Wiesel are two books written by a survivor and a survivor’s son, that illustrate the gruesome yet vivid details of what they lived. Although …show more content…

Additionally, the way the two stories are narrated and dep Villa 2 Artie’s father Vladek was not a nice man, quite the contrary in fact. He was controlling, mean and blunt to his own son. One of the times when Artie went to his father’s house to have dinner, he hung his coat in the coat room and when Atrie was not there, Vladek threw it in the trash can just because he did not like it. Instead, he gave him a new one that he did approve of. Artie does not have too many feelings for his father because of the way Vladek treats him. On the other hand, Elie from the book Night is more attached to his father. Recalling one scene from the book, when he arrived to the concentration camp with his family, he had the option of going with his mother but instead followed his father’s steps and then says, “My hand shifted on my father’s arm. I had one thought— not to lose him. Not to be left alone.” (Spiegelman 27) This shows just what kind of relationship each of the boys had with his father. Words are one way of telling a story and then there is art. These two books used …show more content…

Although not so many words are used in Maus, Spiegelman gave a creative way of depicting the Jews as rats, the Polish as pigs and the Germans as cats. This gives a wonderful sense of how each race was viewed. Diversely, Night goes deeper into detail with emotion, diction and expression. Elie profoundly dictates every moment he lives while at the concentration camp, from the moment he and his family are dragged off those wagons to the moment he is nearing the gas chambers. Night gives a depth not shown in Maus due to the fact that this is a first hand survivor of the holocaust. In Maus, Artie was telling his father’s story, therefore making it less emotional than Night. Villa 3 All things considered, both stories were based in the holocaust showing the harsh living conditions and simultaneously both stories were in the Jewish perspective describing how they had to hide from the Nazis in order to live but ultimately making it to the concentration camps. Each perspective gives a comprehensive insight on what it was like for different classes of Jews; no matter how much money a person had or did not have, unfortunately it was the same

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