Analysis Of Night In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In 1939, while the the world was still reeling from World War I, a man named Adolf Hitler led Nazi Germany into a second world war. This man became the figurehead at the helm of an operation that ruthlessly murdered countless human beings in concentration camps, brutal prisons that came to be known as hell on earth. Together with those persecuted and killed were over six million Jewish people. This attempted annihilation and genocide became known as the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel describes his experience at the infamous concentration camp, Auschwitz, in his chilling memoir, Night. As he struggles to survive the brutal conditions of the camp, he often describes the eyes of himself, of his father, of his oppressors, and of his fellow prisoners. The eyes appear as a powerful symbol and is used to demonstrate and emphasize the change in actions, thoughts, or perspectives of various characters throughout the book, especially the loss of hope, the loss of innocence, and the loss of humanity. The story begins with the introduction of the character Moishe the Beadle in order to set the tone as well as to show the change of mindset, character, and outlook on life that Elie himself eventually adopts. Moishe is described as an old homeless, and he earns the neutral affection of many of the townspeople, mostly because of his natural talent in “the art of rendering himself insignificant, invisible” (Wiesel 3). He is quiet, shy, endearingly awkward, and sings softly under his breath. He asks
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