It was in Auschwitz during 1944, at the time of arrival about midnight when the smell of burning flesh saturated the air. There was an unimaginable nightmare of a truck unloading small children and babies thrown into the flames. This is only one event in its entirety of endless events to be remembered in order to understand how deeply literal and symbolic the book entitled Night by Elie Wiesel is. The novel brings light to the reader about what the Jews faced while in fire, hell and night; nonetheless, the author portrays each and every day during this year as a night in hell of conflagration. "Were this conflagration to be extinguished one day, nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes." (Wiesel 20). Through Wiesel's
Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy” (Joe Paterno). Tragedy is defined as an "event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident" when Elie went thought the holocaust his way of life and meaning of life dramatically changed for the worst. Elise process of change without World War 2 has shaped his faith, personality and his relationship with his father.
The symbolism of“night” can be taken in as a way of making us feel an erie, dark, and domestic word with multiple meanings, in most cases when we use night we mean the time of the day when our sun fades away and our moon awakens. In this case though we can consider that Elie Wiesel wanted the word to have a meaning of darkness not just a meaning of nightfall. Wcan infer this because when reading the book Night we can visually picture where Wiesel was and even then all we see in our heads is the darkness of night and the horror of dehumanization and inhumanity. In the book Night written by Eliezer Wiesel we take a journey to one of the darkest times in our past history, in this journey we are not only told, but we can even visualize images and
Elie Wiesel wrote a book about his days during the HOLOCAUST. The Book itself is an incarnation of the symbolic trauma he has experienced. Three pieces of evidence from the story will be explained on how Elie’s suffering was symbolic. Now the first piece of evidence will be explained. First we explain the symbolism of the crematory.
In the beginning, Eliezer is a very strong follower of the Jewish Religion. In the early part of the book, before they are sent to the labor camps, Wiesel shows that he is strong with his faith when he says: “I was almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple (Wiesel 3).” This quote comes from the first page of the book, where Wiesel is talking about his life before the chaos started, circa. 1941. In addition, Eliezer’s father says: “‘You are too young for that, Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism…’(Wiesel 4).” In this passage, it is clear that even though Eliezer was ‘too young’ to be a
In his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel details that the Jews of his hometown Sighet Hungary, cling to an illusion of safety up until the moment of their arrival at Auschwitz. Mosche the Beadle provides the first evidence of potential danger; however the townspeople choose to ignore the warnings and instead condemn Mosche the Beadle as a lunatic. The Jews of Sighet choose to sacrifice the ”joy in[Mosche the Beadle’s] eyes”(7) to maintain a sense of security and isolation from the actions of the Hungarian police. Upon the seizure of power by a pro-nazi party the Jewish people merely view the change “in abstract”(9). They do not allow themselves to rationalize the event. German encroachment into Hungarian territory is not enough to shatter the
At the beginning of the book a little boy at the age of fifteen is name Elie Wiesel. Had to go through some difficult and challenging positions that he was in.And how he had to find a way to get out of these positions. And the name of the book is called (“NIGHT”) by Elie Wiesel. Now how the Germans and the cops are treating the Jews like dogs. They ended up always getting beat up. For no appertain reason all that is what the symbol night means.
In the beginning of Elie Wiesel’s Night Elie is very faithful to God and eager to learn about God, the Kabbalah, and mysticism. When asked why does he pray Elie answered, “Why did I live? Why did I breathe?(4) ” After one of God’s Followers and Elie’s leader, Moishe the Beadle gets back from the forests everything changed. News about the Holocaust starts to spread. The Jews from Sighet are taken away to the concentration camps in Auschwitz including Elie Wiesel, his Father, Mother and Sister. Elie and his father are the only ones to survive. As they spend more time in the camps their faith in God gets weaker and weaker. Elie begins to question his religion and doubts God. One theme emerging from Night is that people tend to lose faith in God when they are going through trials and feel betrayed.
Although the German dictators are trying to destroy the minds of their prisoners in order to create more compliant slaves, the Jews find ways to rebel and reasons to live. The Nazi soldiers take away everything they can from the jews except the basic human needs, but however hard they try, they can not take away their faith, hope, and friendship. These forces can not simply be taken away and they have become a coping mechanism for the repressed Jews because they are reasons to live and they make the grueling work easier. Most of the Jews in Night come from religious backgrounds, so they pray to get through difficult situations. Practicing their religion is a way of “escaping from reality” and “not feeling the blows” from the truncheons that
The author of Night, Elie Wiesel wrote his novel to inform his readers of the gruesome experiences that he witnessed during the Holocaust. Throughout his novel, Wiesel reenacted many different events that took place to illustrate the main themes of this novel and exhibit his emotions. During the course of the novel, the reader is witnessing Elie's personal experiences in the Holocaust, seeing not only what he had to go through, but how he had felt while it was taking place. In Night, Elie Wiesel includes the struggle between a father and his son. While Elie spent his life in the concentration camps, he not only had to ensure his own safety, but his father’s too.
In brief, this story is labeled “night”, the author is Elie Wiesel. The tone of this story is intimate, and affectionate, it characterizes the extraordinary painful and personal experience of a single victim. The setting first takes place in Sighet, Transylvania, and then Elie is transported to several concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Gleiwitz; he spends the time there in the years 1941-1945, during World War II. Eliezer struggled to maintain faith in a caring God; Silence; Inhumanity to other humans.
Before I begin discussing about the symbolism in Night, I want to point out the importance of symbolism in any form of storytelling, and even in reality. In a way, symbolism is what makes ordinary objects or symbols into meaning. Symbolism can make anything as powerful as actual words. In that sense, symbolism creates the story being read. I believe a story can become more powerful and more touching if there is a very symbolic object or symbol involved. Readers can also reflect their own symbolism and emotions onto the story, which makes it more interesting. Now, I will be discussing three symbolic ideas in Night. First will be the word night itself, the second will be the various ways “corpses” are mentioned, and the last will be fire.
The brutality the Germans displayed in the 1930s through the 1940s was utterly horrifying. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, the author’s harrowing experience is shared. The Holocaust is worldly known as being one of the largest genocides in history, but not many truly understand what it was like to live through and witness. Many who encountered the cruelty and merciless of the Germans have passed but a few remain that live to tell their story to the world and try to explain the feelings that coursed through them during the genocide and even now. Wiesel, who lived in Auschwitz for nearly four years, shares his story and symbolism is prevalent throughout the text. These are very meaningful within the story and are important as the audience