The pain and suffering that the prisoners were enduring are shown using flames and fire. The conditions of the Holocaust and the scare tactics that the Nazis used are usually involving flames because flames on Earth symbolize the flames of Hell and how torturous it is. Flames as shown by Wiesel in the memoir, show Hell on Earth and how Hell can really come to Earth with the evil of other people. As expressed, the flames and events of the Holocaust can relate to the flames of Hell and what is believed to go on in Hell because of their many
They are who the Germans say they are. Causing more fear through the Jews, knowing that they can be chosen to die, because in the eyes of the Germans they are there to work until death. ¨I became A- 7713. From then on, I had no other name.¨ (Wiesel 42). Wiesel creates a sense of despair and hopelessness as the Jews are stripped of their identities, whoever they were before, is now gone.
They were dying and confused, not knowing nor having anything to do. The ride kept going and going, which shows the night which never ends. This is how the majority of his years in captive were spent feeling; neverending darkness. Night represents not knowing what is to come. When Elie was in the hospital after they were all freed, it says “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.
People should always remember the devastating event when six million Jews were killed in Nazi Germany. This event was The Holocaust, and it occurred from 1933-1945. The Nazis captured Jews and kept them in concentration camps, then killed them, and burned them. Homosexuals, gypsies, and people with disabilities were also killed as well. The killings and oppression of the “inferior” people was tragic, and most people find it unspeakable to talk of or write about.
It was a new low for the German soldiers to kill a child, and it was this execution that made many of the Jews’ question the presence of God. Wiesel says, “That night, the soup tasted of corpses” (62). They felt remorse at the hanging of the pipel because he had been kind to them and was “loved by all” (Wiesel 60). So even though the prisoners had to watch similar hangings in Wiesel’s Night, they were affected differently by them. Their reactions were a direct result of the difference between the two that were condemned to die.
It is referred to a lot mainly when Elie is talking about the crematorium. After his experience at the camp, he will never hear the word fire and think of it the way he did before the war, the way you and I would picture it. In Night, fire is a symbol of death and destruction. Countless adults, children, and corpses were thrown into the crematoriums and pulverized into dust and
There were nights where he could taste death in the food, and powerful imagery like this always took place in the evening. Wiesel himself states, "The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our souls" (7.22). Another central theme and
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when Moishe the Beadle told the Jew community about the cruelty of the SS,” Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns” (weisel 7). This is inhumanity because the Nazis are killing little, innocent, defenceless babies. As the author describes his experiences, many other examples of inhumanity are revealed. Two significant themes related to inhumanity in the book Night by Elie Weisel are loss of faith and disbelief. One theme is that inhumanity can cause loss of faith.
Also, there was always the imminent fear of death. An SS officer could shoot any inmate without reason. Death was the norm in the concentration camp. Many people starved, died of illnesses, or were murdered by the Nazis. They didn't know if they would live to see the next
As the question remained how can God allow such horror and cruelty to occur? The concentration camps took everything from Eliezer, his will to live, his faith, his heart. He became empty, rotting from the inside out with no longer the desire to live. Only a corpse remained. Throughout all the chaos that ensued, the one distinction that hindered the Jewish people from freedom was their inexplicable silence and dignity.