Girl Interrupted And Night Analysis

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Authors tend to use literary elements in their memoirs to exhibit their true intentions. In Girl, Interrupted and Night, Susanna Kaysen and Elie Wiesel manipulate these devices to reveal how enduring agonizing moments in life, can assist with finding one’s individualism. Susanna Kaysen highlights the difficulty with being institutionalized for two years in her memoir, and Elie Wiesel narrates his journey of being imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. Within the memoirs, Girl, Interrupted and Night, authors Susanna Kaysen and Elie Wiesel utilize rhetorical questions and similes in a variety of equivalent and different ways to demonstrate that traumatic events have a forceful impact on one’s search for self-identity.
In Girl, Interrupted
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Similarly, Wiesel became a new person because of the Holocaust. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, many of the prisoners gathered around together and started to pray. However during the prayer, Wiesel began questioning his faith, and he constantly pondered, “Why, but why would I bless Him?” (Wiesel 67). Back in the ghettos, Wiesel would always go to the synagogue and pray with Moishe, but he now realized that he could no longer support a God that allowed people to suffer without intervening. From this change of faith, it exhibits how being confined in the concentration camps had altered Wiesel’s way of thinking, and the boy who was once very religious was becoming a stranger to him. Ultimately, the use of this literary device differed between the two authors. Kaysen had used rhetorical questions in a way such that it served the purpose of allowing the reader to understand the struggle of adapting to normal life. Whereas Wiesel used them in order to highlight the harrowing effect of being trapped during the Holocaust. Aside from the different purpose of the rhetorical questions, both authors used the literary element to exhibit the mental impact that living in an area separated from society caused. In both of the texts, using rhetorical questions permitted the authors to describe the toll that incarceration had mentally.
Along with the use of rhetorical questions, both Kaysen and Wiesel incorporate similes comparably and diversely to express the suffocation
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