Imagery in "Night" Essay

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Imagery can be defined as the ability to form mental images of things or events. The Holocaust was the careless and brutal massacre of six million Jews by the Nazis, who were under the rule of Adolf Hitler, during World War II. In the book “Night” Elie Wiesel describes his harsh, devastating journey throughout the Holocaust by using imagery. During the novel “Night”, Elie vividly describes his experiences throughout the holocaust when they first arrive at Auschwitz and saw the fire, when Elie and his convoy arrive at Buna, and during the alert when a man tries to get an extra ration of soup. First off, a passage that really catches the reader’s eye by the use of imagery is when the Jews first arrive at the camp Auschwitz. The Jews are …show more content…
The reader can sense the strong odor of corpses and burning flesh. The reader can also see flames slowly arising in the distance along with skeleton like figures approaching the cattle cars in prison like uniforms. Imagery is very evident in that passage. Now comes the time when Elie and his convoy arrive at Buna. Another passage in which Elie uses imagery to make the novel come to life is when Elie and his convoy arrive at Buna, another camp. Elie and his convoy were being sent to Buna from Auschwitz. When they arrived at the camp the reader and Elie can see an almost deserted camp, except for a few wandering prisoners. Elie and the others were sent immediately to the showers where the head of the camp meet up with them. “He [is] a stocky man with big shoulders, the neck of a bull, thick lips, and curly hair. He [is] [giving] an impression of kindness” (47), Elie said. The reader can see a big stocky man with curly hair approaching all of the Jews. He has a slight smile on his face as he approaches the Jews who are all waiting by the showers. Imagery is very strong in that passage. Next comes the time during the alert when a man tries to get a extra ration of soup. Finally, one passage in which the reader can feel like they are at the camp because of imagery is when during the alert, a man is brave enough to try and get an extra ration of soup. Everyone in the camp was ordered to go to their barracks and stay
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