Analysis Of Elie Wiesel 's ' Auschwitz '

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In Auschwitz alone, approximately 1.1 million innocent beings were killed (about.com). For those living during that time, just how significant to them was human survival? Author Elie Wiesel writes about his suffering, and doesn’t fail to include many themes, including will power and survival. Night takes place during 1940’s, which is when the genocide of the Jews occurred. The main character, Elie (also the author), shares his experience in concentration camps. He and his father underwent all sorts of misery, from starvation, to hard labor, death marches, and plenty more. Having the opportunity to share his experience, the author emphasizes certain topics. Elie Wiesel uses diction, setting, and figurative language in Night to…show more content…
In this case, Elie is terrified of being too thin and frail to make it out of the concentration camps alive. The repetition of the words: too skinny/weak, and multiple ellipsis are a type of diction, which is how purpose is interleaved. Later into the book, the prisoners are forced to run to their new location, and once again, Elie’s motivation is to keep breathing. The endless running makes the prisoners “[exceed] the limits of fatigue” and feel as if their “legs [are moving] mechanically, in spite of [them], without [them]” (Wiesel 87). At this stage, Elie has been running for a while now, and he stops caring about any physical discomfort, because all that truly matters is not to stop (it results in dying). The diction is seen to be as if Elie isn’t actually in his body, and he is narrating from afar, because he lacks to describe any emotions or opinions. The theme of survival can be displayed in multiple ways throughout Night, and one of Elie’s methods is to encompass diction. Wiesel exposes the actions that are a result of survival instincts in Jews by describing the setting and environment of the camp. When Elie is introduced to the barracks, he can’t help but be shocked by the behavior and reactions of those around him. “This is what the antechamber of hell must look like” Elie thinks as they entered the barrack. He is so convinced of this because there’s “so many crazed men,
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