Feelings Evoked: Voices in Elie Wiesel's 'Night'

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Through the course of Night by Elie Wiesel, one clearly notices that the events happening in the book greatly affect the reader on an emotional level. Above all that, though, it is the voices coming up throughout the book that make the reader truly think about, and eventually feel, what the characters are feeling at that specific moment. These voices influence and completely change how we perceive the book in such a way that without them, we wouldn't be able to fully understand the story and it would just feel like another written record of the Holocaust to us. Among the many voices used in the book, there are three that stood out the most to me as a reader; the voices of Moshe the Beadle, the Rabbi's son, and Juliek the violinist.…show more content…
The sound of a violin, in this dark shed, where the dead were heaped on the living. What madman could be playing the violin here, at the brink of his own grave?... It must have been Juliek...It was pitch dark. I could hear only the violin, and it was as though Juliek's soul were the bow. He was playing his life. The whole of his life was gliding on the strings" (Wiesel, 1960, p.90). After everything that had happened so far, Juliek, even though he was probably feeling the same as Elie, still managed to play and pour his heart out through his violin and Beethoven's music. He had always been denied everything, had everything taken away from him, yet at the last moment, he still found a way to do what he had always wanted to do, which was play a piece by Beethoven on his beloved violin. This reinforces our wish for hope itself, and it tells us, that, even though all these horrid events have happened and that it's practically the end of the journey for Elie, we can still hope for the better. All this train of thought leaves us amazed, fascinated, and in awe. Even though some of the feelings brought up throughout the reading of the book somehow clashed or didn't have much in common, such as hopelessness, indifference, and fascination, they still became a huge part in the development and understanding of the story. If for some reason the situations in the book evoking these feelings hadn't come up, us as readers wouldn't have known of

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