Symbolism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Death plays a bigger role in life than life itself. When people die, people cry, and while people cry, a clear moment of lucidity occurs. Death is what makes every moment worth living and is told through stories of books and movies with symbols both subtle and blunt. Night, for example, is an autobiographical novel recalling Eliezer’s experience through concentration camps while The Book Thief is a historical fiction film where Liesel is a bystander who participates in activities symbolizing war. History is intertwined death. The setting of World War II is the epitome of demonstrating that death is everywhere and inevitable. While there are acute differences, Eliezer and Liesel are similar to one another as individuals who are constantly surrounded …show more content…

For Eliezer, he loses his mother and sister on the first night of arriving at Birkenau. Liesel loses her younger brother while traveling to Germany. While Eliezer and Liesel both live under different circumstances, their suffering relates to one another similarly, since, in the end, they eventually lose everything that they care for. Eliezer’s father dies and directly he quotes, “Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore.” (Wiesel 113) Liesel’s foster family and friends that she grown to appreciate are all decimated by a bomb. Shocked by the sudden loss of everyone she used to love, Liesel weeps and faints. Those moments are times when both the audience and principle characters truly understand the significance of death, and with further thought, realize that there have always been signs of death on display …show more content…

At first, he spent most of his childhood studying Judaism. His faith then dramatically diminishes after encountering the horrors of the crematorium. As Eliezer continues to exert labor in concentration camps and his energy depletes, his “survival mode” begins to kick in. Constantly fighting back thoughts of abandoning his father to increase chances of living, Eliezer’s morality stays intact, lasting until the death of his father in which he ultimately gives up caring for what happens next. Liesel starts out as a blank page in the beginning of The Book Thief. As she learns to read from “borrowed” books, her self-awareness of the propaganda and unfairness in Germany’s system increases. Bonding closer to Max, Liesel develops a belief in where everyone should have equal treatment as she expresses in outrage why he must stay in hiding. Near the end of The Book Thief, Liesel declares that she “hates Hitler” since she believes that his doing is the root of inequality toward

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