“A traumatic experience robs you of your identity” (Dr.Bill). Concentration camps during the agonizing Holocaust disallowed their prisoners to obtain a personal identity. The renowned memoir, Night, written by Holocaust survivor, Eliezer Wiesel, published in 1954 expands the apprehension of the life altering challenges and torment the Jewish society encountered from 1933 to 1945. Identity consists of an individual's distinctive characteristics, beliefs and mannerisms which was forbidden for the Jewish hostages of the Holocaust to attain. Elie’s identity was shaped and reshaped by the traumatic experiences the Jewish community persevered through.
Belief and Faith is a “double-edged sword” to the jews, it cuts both ways. It keeps them alive, and at the same time makes them oblivious, and leads to their suffering. Over time, Elie’s belief in god, diminishes and eventually he questions God’s existence extensively and at point, Elie is infuriated that even though they are being tormented and enslaved, the Jews will still pray to god, and thank him, “If god did exist, why would he let u go through all the pain and suffering (33). This is a major point in the ongoing theme of faith and belief, because for once he is infuriated with the thought of religion in a time of suffering. Throughout the book, with the nazis ultimate goal is to break the jews and make dehumanize them and if anything, their goal is take and diminish their belief.
Joanne McCarthy has reinforced this concept in her Magill’s Choice: Holocaust Literature where she writes “Innocence died in the camps…the child of faith was journeying from mysticism to anger and doubt of God’s justice” (1), attributing Wiesel’s loss of faith to the death of his innocence. By doing so and making such a point, Wiesel provides the readers with a glimpse of the horrors of the holocaust, appealing to the reader’s pathos and getting them to empathize with the characters in his
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 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.
A Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevski, once said:“There is only one thing that I dread; not to be worthy of my suffering” (Frankl). Suffering opens opportunities to achieve something great, ultimately adding meaning to one’s life. But if one doesn’t take that opportunity, he or she will miss out the chance to do something great and will not deem worthy of their suffering. Night by Elizer Wiesel is a historical fiction book about his experience through many different German concentration camps as a Jewish Romanian during the Holocaust. Elie loses his family, suffered through considerable hardship, and lived through the worst time in humanity.
Elie was faithful to god, loyal to his father, but he lost himself to the flames that destroy everything including himself. Elie was a very religious person, and wants to study the Talmud. Elie cries over the synagogues being destroyed every night, then what happened to that faith? During the holidays in camp, Elie questions his faith in god.
In stressful situations or in times of war, mankind has tossed out its caring nature and turn inhuman or cruel in its place, abandoning all conscience. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, he distinctly recalls and describes the inhumane treatment of Jews during WWII, and how he survived. Through his memoir the reader can visualize the world around Elie, through his eyes, and learn how cruel people can be to each other, all because of some sort of small difference among them. In Elie’s writing, he claims to be less of literary writer, but more of a witness to the horrific scenes he saw and believes that if he wants to do something about it, he will have to tell the world so that “They don’t forget the villains for they done”. When events like the
Elie’s says at the end of his speech “And together we walk towards the new millennium, carried by profound fear and extraordinary hope.” ( Wiesel - Perils of Indifference) I think that he means that we all have to move towards what we want and nobody can go and say that they are not in it cause he means we all have to move to make a difference. Also about change , making change and pushing all these jews who never did anything wrong out of these camps. These ideas were not represented in the book which was mainly a story that was different from his original version that was written in Yiddish, so maybe in the original version it had parts about everyone moving forward but it really did not talk about that message.
This was not supposed to happen Jewish people feel like they're trapped they're all alone they can't fight they have no weapon the only weapon they have other voices just to know that one person or one voice can speak over millions is crazy no one would ever expect this to be happening or that being the way it was in the 1940s all rows have to be civilized and we have peace. what I think about Elie Wiesel is that you are important just Who You Are no matter what who anyone else can't be or can be be yourself you are special the way you are no one can tell you different. What has happened won't happen again. we will have to teach our kids what what we know so this doesn't happen again. our leader will not let this happen again.
When reading the book “night” by Elie Wiesel, you can never be sure something is to be set in stone. Even the characters drastically change from societies previous distorted visions of a Jew to the primordial beast that dwells over the basic components of survival itself. For example, a selfless and cultured man known as Eliezer’s father is forced to adapt himself into a man so full of sorrow not even his own wife would be able to recognize him. What did this? Many may say it was the loss of God.
This excerpt is relevant to Wiesel’s biggest fear which is that the world has not learned or has simply forgotten about the Holocaust. The line “Never shall I forget…” (Wiesel, 34) is reiterated to show how important remembering is to Wiesel. This also pertains to Wiesel 's “big idea” which is that his purpose for writing Night was to never let anyone forget about the Holocaust. He hopes that this memoir helps prevent another genocide like this, and helps motivate people to stand up to injustices.
World War II Essay Number Four “I shall never forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams into ashes.” (Wiesel 34). Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust shows the shocking side of the world through which no one had seen before. Wiesel’s book has impacted the world’s humanity to become better citizens with kindness. Within the historical nonfiction memoir, Night, by Ellie Wiesel, he shows his experience and suffering during the Holocaust, and the impacts of the Holocaust are still known to this day with continuous questioning of kindness and the existence of God on humanity Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust was abject and brutal.
Because in his great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death…” (Wiesel, 67). Elie acknowledges that he no longer wants to believe in God because he concluded that God is the reason that the Jews are in the circumstance they are in. This is another reason individuals might think Elie is showing lack of spiritual stamina during the Holocaust because Elie begins to consider why he should believe in God when He has created such terrible things throughout the world. On the other hand, Wiesel explains, “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in
Night is a memoir of coincidences and close calls. The theme of Night is living with guilt. Eliezer Wiesel survived the Holocaust despite the odds. He feels guilty that in someway, he was relieved that his father had died. He feels guilty because he survived when so many others died.