Language has the ability to impact the mood and tone of a piece in literature. In Night, Wiesel

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Language has the ability to impact the mood and tone of a piece in literature. In Night, Wiesel uses imagery, symbolism, diction and foreshadowing to illustrate dehumanization. The deeper true horror of the Holocaust is not what they Nazi’s did, but the behavior they legitimized as human beings being dehumanized by one another through silence and apathy.

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. An example of foreshadowing Wiesel exercises is when he uses Moshie the Beadle to introduce the kind of person he was before and after his experience in a labor camp. Moshie’s suffering foreshadows his and his family’s outcome. Moshie had managed to escape and return to Sighet
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When Eliezer looks at himself after liberation he sees a corpse in the mirror.

Diction refers to Wiesel’s distinctive style of expression. He uses the words “murder” and “consumed” to describe how he feels. This accurately portrays how the camp had changed him. He no longer looked to God for answers. He felt alone from his first day in captivity. There was no freedom or happiness in his life anymore. Death became imminent and insignificant. He was surrounded by men and watched each one become nothing more than bone and flesh. But liberation came only with strength and endurance. Even those who were physically prepared didn’t necessarily make it. He repeats throughout the entire memoir the phrase “never shall I forget…” to emphasize the horror of the Holocaust.

Imagery means to use figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. This was executed intensely from beginning to end. Elie said later in his treacherous journey that “the days resembled the nights, and the nights left in our souls the dregs of their darkness” (p100). His father died during the night. This only goes to prove that night, to Wiesel, represents the way his soul was immersed in torture and desperation.

Wiesel exemplified the dehumanization of the Jewish prisoners in Night. He showed the readers a personal view of the Nazi's treatment to the prisoners. They lost their possessions,
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