Analysis Of Silence By Silence Wiesel

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“Silence is the most powerful scream,” wise words spoken by an anonymous individual. Silence is sometimes more effective conveying a message or idea than words are, an idea explored by Wiesel. His memoir describes the hardships and experiences of a teenage boy surviving through the holocaust. He speaks of the unbearable situations he went through, such as going without food for days, watching his father die, and accepting the physical abuse from SS officers. In the memoir Night, Wiesel uses structure, symbolism, and motifs to display the power and consequences of silence. Throughout Wiesel's memoir, he utilizes structure to emphasis the power of silence. For example, Wiesel manipulates his text by deliberately placing breaks between sections. Moreover, these breaks in paragraphs are used to draw attention to specific sections of the text Wiesel considers important, or when there is a change in setting or scenery. Wiesel also includes a break in the text to assist the reader in following the course of the text, the reader pauses, or takes a moment of silence, at these breaks. This provides the reader to stop and think about what is happening in this part of the story, this is subtly powerful due to the reader being forced into being silent without knowing. Additionally, Wiesel uses ellipses to display his silence: “‘You promised… We want to go to the depot, we are strong enough to work. We are good workers. We can… we want…’”(Wiesel 74). Elie has this mindset

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