Elie Wiesel’s touching memoir, Night, shares intimate details about the cruelty of World War Two concentration camps and the horrors that occurred within them. Concentration camps were spread throughout Germany and Poland from 1933-1945 as the result of strong anti-Semitic views radiating from the President and Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler. In the memoir, Night, Wiesel shares of the time that he and his father endured being held captive in several concentration camps, and the battle to escape death, day after day. In the memoir, the significance of night was used throughout the piece to draw connections and emotions from the reader. In Night, night was used both literally and symbolically to portray the unknown, pain, and the end of a journey. …show more content…
The use of the word night can be interpreted as the unknown, and fear that is invoked because of it. In the second chapter of Night, Wiesel describes a scene on the train, the beginning of their journey, “some [were] pressed against the bars to see, there was nothing. Only the darkness of night.” On the train, it is night, dark, and the prisoners cannot see. The prisoners are also do not know what is going to happen to them; ergo, their future is dark and unknown. In chapter six of Night, in the camp, “Night was falling rapidly. And more and more prisoners kept coming.” That means more prisoners were coming to the camp; furthermore, more and more people were stepping into the unknown, which connects to night falling quickly. In Night, the darkness and the inability to see represents unknown; however, nightfall also represents pain and feeling
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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
This darkness symbolizes the hopelessness and despair that the prisoners felt, as well as the evil and cruelty of the Nazi regime. "The night was growing longer, never-ending." (Chapter 4) - This quote emphasizes the endless nature of the darkness and despair in the concentration camps, highlighting how the night seems to stretch on forever.
The memoir ‘Night’ provides a feeling of darkness and emptiness, displaying the actions that people take when in fear and despair. These actions are shown clearly when the farmers throw food inside the cattle carts that the prisoner are riding in, in order to get a good show of them act like savages as they murder each other for a slice of bread. Right after another example is shown when a son kills his own father over a piece of bread. The memoir also displays a stripping of not only physical property, but of their humanity as well. Overall the mood of night is best described as desperate and tragic.
Laila Nagy Mrs. Leader Symbolism paper 26 March, 2018 Representation of Symbolism Burning fire and damnation led innocent lives to a conflagration that brought about death to 11 million as Adolf Hitler expertly exercised the Holocaust. Hitler was a man who lacked remorse and he inflicted unspeakable pain to thousands of families between 1933 and 1945. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, and survivor of the Holocaust, recounts the horrors that Jewish prisoners experienced at Auschwitz. Within Auschwitz, prisoners’ lives are guided by the campbells, frequent selections that eliminate the weak, and the horrific executions they deliberately instill fear within the Jews.
In Elie’s statement, he claims he looked in the mirror for the first time since the ghetto, stating that all he saw staring back at him was his withered, and frail figure which will not only haunt Wiesel for the rest of his life but also show the death of his spirit. “From the depths of the mirror, the corpse was contemplating me. ” (Wiesel 115) In this quote, Wiesel describes his body, referring it to a corpse. Wiesel did not truly recognize himself as he immersed in the depths of the mirror, this is what Elie implied when he said “...
At the end of the book Elie called himself a “corpse”. Why he said this because he went through a lot during the Holocaust, mentally, physically and emotionally. It all started when his family and him were placed in the ghetto. He was lucky enough to have his own house in the ghetto. He got to sleep in his own bed and live in his own house.
Elie Wiesel loses faith in God and his family through the events that he undergoes in the Nazi concentration camps. To begin, Elie is deprived of his religion in the camps. He struggles physically and mentally, therefore, he no longer believes that there is a higher power: "Never shall I forget these moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust..." (34). Imprisoned in a factory of death, Elie does not believe that his God will give him the strength to keep him going.
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 infamous Yin and Yang symbol, a balance between good and evil. There isn’t one without the other. Balance is the way it’s intended, for everything to be equal. However this is simply not accurate, nothing is perfect, the balance can tip towards any side. For some there is more light than there is darkness.
The Holocaust is considered one of the most notable events to happen in human history. Adolf Hitler’s plan was to exterminate all races of which he thought was inferior to his master race, The Aryan Race. To effectively kill them, he made concentration camps where the prisoners would be worked to death. Sadly, most of the races targeted and killed were the Jews. They were blamed for everything such as World War I and World War II.
This can also be found in the title of the novel as it symbolizes death, loss of faith and hope. Additionally, as previously stated, the worst suffering seems to occur at night. For example, the narrative contains many last nights: the last night in Sighet, the last night in Buna, the last night with his father and many more. Night also symbolizes a world without God. Wiesel contends that God does not live in the concentration camps and God's people have no recourse.
The narrative contains many last nights, the last dinner with one’s family, the last night in Sighet, the last night with his father, the last night of innocence, etc. Night also signifies a world without God. The worst suffering in the camps occurs at night. There were nights when the soups tasted like corpse. "The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our souls" (Wiesel, 100).
The word "night" employs symbolism by their misfortune of belief and the night then turns to what we know today as the Holocaust. Prior to the Jews acknowledgement of the departure from Sighet, Wiesel expresses how the night has fallen and this is also mentioned again before this event took place. With that being said, this mentions beyond than just the time of day. This reference to the night fall helps introduce the Jews into their world turning upside down. This was only the beginning of the dullest, darkest era of their lives.
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. Initially, Eliezer’s faith is a product of his studies in Jewish mysticism, which teach him that God is everywhere in the world, that nothing exists without God, that in fact everything in the physical world is an “emanation,” or reflection, of the divine world.
Night is a powerful, first person account of the tragic horrors of the Holocaust written and endured by Elie Wiesel. In this dark literary piece, Wiesel's first hand tale of the atrocities and horrors endured in World War II concentration camps will leave an unforgettable, dark, macabre impression amongst readers that cannot be done with a simple listing of statistics. This tale of human perserverance and the dark side of human nature will cause readers to question their own humanity. Also, it will paint a vivid picture of the vile deeds that mankind is capable of expressing. Reading this book will leave a long lasting impression that is definitely not something that will be soon forgotten.