Analysis Of Elie Wiesel 's ' Auschwitz '

1153 Words Mar 7th, 2016 5 Pages
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 demonstrate how basic survival instincts are brought out in human beings when facing life threatening situations. Elie utilizes the literary device of diction in Night to show feelings and thoughts of staying alive in himself and others. Diction, such as used in the scene where he is tested for the selection reveals how his main priority is endurance, and how he fears any other possibilities. During Elie’s turn to go through the selection, he’s afraid that his flaws are too many to remain alive, such as being “too skinny… [Being] too weak…” and “too good for the ovens”; however, his unconceivably fast running ends the test and negativity rapidly (Wiesel 72). Typically, when someone is particularly afraid of a certain thing, it means…
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