Analysis Of The Book ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel

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Who am I? A question uttered by probably every Jewish prisoner during the Holocaust, expressing complete doubt in their individuality. All people ask themselves this question, whether they have fully grasped their personality or not, and during that difficult time, even the things you thought you knew about yourself are challenged. In the memoir, Night, the author Elie Wiesel, presents the story of his own time in Auschwitz during the German Holocaust. Elie, being Jewish, was deported into concentration camps in Hitler’s final solution. He underwent such things as witnessing death for the first time, extreme exhaustion, inhumane treatment, and seeing people change before his eyes. The ever lurking fear of death spurred abnormal behavior. This experience in potentially the most vile death camp, gives example of how Elie’s life was changed forever and how he as a person was changed. However, Elie was not the only one to change. The memoir’s use of characterization, demonstrates how all prisoners had a transformation in their identity due to the horrific experiences they encountered.

The first thing noticed after finishing Night is specifically the changes in Elie. Not just in his appearance, but in his personality and actions. Some of the most obvious changes include: his loss of innocence and his loss of faith. The novel begins with Elie at age 13 (1942), still young and naive. Two years later (1944), after being detained, deported, and imprisoned, Elie, even after
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