Imagery Essay from the Book Night

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The Power of Imagery in Night

Imagery is a portrait that is painted in your mind, a portrait that makes you feel you are there. The Holocaust is full of disturbing and horrible images of death. Pictures of inhumanity that just make you sick looking at them. In many images you see the pale, unemotional faces whose lives were changed for eternity, and yet with these images some believe that the Holocaust did not happen. In the Holocaust there was mass genocide of over six million Jews. Also many ethnic Poles, gypsies, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, disabled people, homosexual men, and political and religious opponents were targeted by the Nazis to be exterminated. Hitler’s ultimate goal during the Holocaust was to
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In the background the sun is setting on the horizon. Elie and many others start to cry in anguish, but the worst has yet to come. They still have to march past the bodies of the hanging. “The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out, swollen and bluish” (64). But then there was the revolting scene of the third rope. It was still moving, the child was not yet dead. He hanged there for more than half an hour wiggling like a worm, “lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes” (65). When Elie passed him he was still alive and his tongue was still red, his eyes still open. Elie heard behind him, “For God’s sake, where is God?” (65). During that night Elie’s soup tasted of corpses. Imagine being in a cell filled with hundreds of people that are sweaty and repulsively smelling. That is what the barracks is like for Elie. People piled one onto of another all moving and gasping for air. Some people are even senselessly being trampled and killed. While in the barracks Elie can hear desperate, familiar cries beneath him, “You’re crushing me …have mercy!” (93). It took Elie a minute, but he remembered who the familiar voice is from, Juliek. He is the boy from Warsaw who plays the violin in the Buna orchestra. Elie yells out, “Juliek, is that you? Eliezer…The twenty-five whiplashes…Yes…I remember….Are you all right Juliek?...All right Eliezer” (93). Elie is glad to hear that Juliek is alive, but thought he lost his mind

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