Catharsis In Night By Ele Wiesel

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Aristotle once hypothesized that humans were attracted to tragedy and destruction so that they can purge themselves of repressed emotions, otherwise known as catharsis. This is proved whenever someone cries over a sad or tragic moment in a book or movie. After one stops crying, they feel relief. This person might rewatch the same tragic moment or read it over and over so as to experience that feeling again. In Night by Elie Wiesel, catharsis can be shown and experienced through the many horrid situations that Elie is subjected to; however, Antigone by Sophocles may not offer the reader the same feeling that Night offers. Night, by Elie Wiesel, provides an emotional release for the reader through his vivid imagery of the conditions of the Holocaust. In one situation, Elie witnesses a boy who has the strength to play his violin even after a march that caused terror and death. As Elie falls asleep to the sound of the violin, he remarks, “How could I forget this concert given before an audience of the dead and the dying?” (95). This moment exhibits a moment of hope and happiness in a situation where there appears to be none. When Elie wakes up, he discovers the violin boy, Juliek, to be dead next to his broken violin. However, when Juliek is revealed to be dead, so is the hope and happiness previously felt. The sudden sadness and pity for the boy evoke a purgation of the sadness that has been building up throughout the book. Later in the book, another occurrence of happiness

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