“After your meal, you’ll have to go see the dentist.” (51) The block secretary One day, when Elie returned from the warehouse, he was summoned by the block secretary to go to the dentist. Elie therefore went to the infirmary block to learn that the reason for his summon was gold teeth extraction. Elie, however pretends to be sick and asks, ”Couldn’t you wait a few days sir? I don’t feel well, I have a fever…” Elie kept telling the dentist that he was sick for several weeks to postpone having the crown removed. Soon after, it had appeared that the dentist had been dealing in the prisoners’ gold teeth for his own benefit. He had been thrown into prison and was about to be hanged. Eliezer does not pity for him and was pleased with what was happening
When Jean Valjean becomes the mayor he assumes the new identity of Monsieur Madeline, so no one knows his past. Everything goes very well until Javert, the inspector, reveals that he is going to testify at the trial of Jean Valjean who he says was found stealing from an orchard. Jean Valjean knows that this man is being falsely charged, and that the right thing to do is to tell the truth. He struggles with the dilemma, “To remain in paradise and there become a demon! To reenter hell and there be a saint!”(76). In the end, he leaves behind his the life he built for himself, and does the morally right thing of turning himself in. He could have easily turned the other way, and continued living his comfortable life. If he would have done that he would not have been the hero the reader loves. Not only does Jean Valjean decide to do the morally right things, but he also chooses to act selflessly for
“Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man” (33). Even though Valjean does not recall this promise, he seals it by taking not only the silver but the two candlesticks as well. After Valjean gets wealthier, he sells all his possessions of value except for the two candlesticks that the bishop has given him. “It was a room very well fitted with mahogany furniture, ugly as all furniture of that kind is, and the walls covered with shilling paper. They could see nothing but two candlesticks of antique form that stood on the mantle, and appeared to be silver” (54). The constant presence of the candlesticks reminds Valjean of the bishop and what he has done for him. “He felt the bishop was there, that the bishop was present all the more that he was dead…” (75). The candlesticks are meaningful and important to Valjean, which makes these objects symbolic. The candlesticks have an even deeper meaning than anything else, because the bishop gives them to Valjean as a symbol for change and the promise he makes but never recalls.
A Loss in Faith, Ever Found? Night, written by Elie Wiesel, tells the terrifying experience in the concentration camps that many Jews were imprisoned in during World War II. Throughout most of the novel, Elie Wiesel tells about how many prisoners, including himself, lost faith in God. During the Holocaust many
In the preface to the book, Elie Wiesel says, “I do not know, or no longer know, what I wanted to achieve with my words.” Based on the reading experience, what does Wiesel achieve in this book? Use specific evidence from the text to support the answer. By the time I
Elie Wiesel’s nonfiction novel Night shares the author’s experience in Auschwitz which demonstrates the importance of memoirs. Throughout the novel, Elie’s experiences in the camp are narrated allowing readers to see into the young boy’s life. Seeing into the life of Elie enables readers to empathize for the young boy when he or his father is mistreated. By writing a nonfiction, readers are more likely to empathize with the main character since that individual exists. When readers are able to empathize with certain characters, the novel becomes more significant. Relating to Elie helps readers recognize the Holocaust in a different way. Instead of just learning about the event, readers are able to empathize with those who have suffered. Additionally,
In the middle of the book, Jean Valjean has saved a young girl named Cosette and raised her as his daughter after her mother died. These actions also have a redeeming effect on Jean Valjean, as he put his promise to the girl’s mother before his own safety and escaped from another bout in prison to find the young girl. Jean Valjean does not think this redeems him, however. He is very suspicious and changes their names to hide from the law enforcement. He also became very suspicious and cagey when a young man, Marius, became interested in Cosette. In Marius’s words, he “ began to be less punctual, and did not bring ‘his daughter’ every day” (168). After some time, he and Cosette move away so Marius cannot find them. Jean Valjean thinks he is
Theresse Weigand-Watkinson Stacy Vocasek American Experience December 10, 2015 Night Summary Elie Wiesel’s Night is an autobiography on his survival as a teenager in the Nazi torture camps. Night starts when Elie is twelve years old and living in a small town called Sighet in Transylvania (now located in modern-day Romania) with his family. Which consisted of his parents and his three sisters, which is all that mattered to him. One day, a Jewish Sighet named Moshe the Beadle, comes into town to warn everyone of the impending danger of the German army and of their ruler. Unfortunately warnings about the Germans intentions towards them was not taken seriously, and Elie’s family, and the rest of the town, missed their chance to flee the country.
The holocaust is a period of time were in a time of war a human’s natural right was disregarded and cast away in a trail of bloodshed that over 6 million people suffered just because they were of Jewish descent and many surviving Jewish people of the holocaust had to deal with the guilt of living and witnessing their family dying. This book (Night by Elie Wiesel, Published in 1960) shows the reader the holocaust through the eyes of the author after he was torn away from his village and relocated to a Ghetto in Sighet. After spending some time in the Ghetto he and his family are forced on to a train with hundred’s of other fellow Jewish people who too are also confused about where the Germans were going to send them to. After spending a few
Working Title Had my own eyes betrayed me? Can I trust anything? “‘What can you expect, it’s war...’” the neighbors said, and invited the Gestapos to invade our homes, our communities, and our lives, yet the Jews of Sighet still smiled as the Gestapo officers sauntered down the streets, guns slapping
In the small town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel, a young Jewish boy, hovered over the words of the Talmud, a sacred text of the Jews. His eyes traveled across the Mishnaic Hebrew letters, studying the messages and themes of the book. Elie, like many other Jewish children in his community, invested every drop of effort and moment of his time into studying the holy scriptures, uncovering its sacred truths and understanding the boundless character of his God. Beyond his religious study, Elie enjoyed a satisfactory personal life. Living with a loving family who provide for his every need, he has nothing to worry about. On top of that, he enjoyed spending time with several friends and took advantage of his freedom to invest his life into Judaism. Little did he know that soon, he would not have the freedom to read the Talmud, Kabbalah, or worship his God. Through
Elie Wiesel was a young boy who was sent to a concentration camp at a sad young age. He was raised to be a very faithful boy but because of everything he was forced to do and everything tragic and sad he saw he was mentally traumatized. It made him
In both the 1998 film directed by Bille August and the 2012 musical directed by Tom Hooper, Valjean stole bread to help feed his starving sister’s children. With issues such as high bread prices and poor harvests, it was no wonder why Valjean had to steal bread (“French Revolution”). Although this action was completely selfless, he was still forced to work at a prison for nineteen years and was labeled as a criminal for the rest of his life. This punishment he was given did not fit the crime. It is also notable that when Valjean stole the bread, he did not have any malicious intent. All he was thinking about was how only a thin sheet of glass separated him and his family from being hungry. Valjean was punished for a crime that was caused by a selfless need to help his sister, and that punishment, if it continued, would have taken a bigger than necessary toll on him because as a convict, he would have had to live on the streets without a job or any money. By letting Valjean go, Javert made the right choice because, originally, Valjean’s crime was fueled by his
Les Miserables is by far one of my favorite stories/ movies. There are so many underlying views though out. The original author of Les Miserables was Victor Hugo. Victor Hugo himself is a very interesting gentleman that lived in a very complicated time period with lots of political issues, which
When he first arrives in Digne all of the townsfolk shoo him away, refusing to let a convict in their establishments. Just when he thought he would have to walk the long journey to the next town Myriel invites Valjean sleep in his home. During the night Jean attempts to steal the Bishop’s silverware, but is caught while escaping. When the police brought him back to the The Bishop chose to forgive Jean. He says that the silver was not stolen, but a gift. He has Jean set free and lets him keep the silver. Because of the Bishop’s act of kindness Jean Valjean progresses from an embittered prisoner with no hope for the future to a loving, cheerful philanthropist who thought about others before himself.