Night By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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Elie Wiesel’s novel, Night, is an autobiographical account of his experiences in the concentration camps during World War II. To help readers understand the harsh conditions he, and many others, faced, he uses a great deal of imagery. His use of descriptive words and phrases, set up a serious tone, and an intense image in the reader’s head. Although there is loads of imagery, a few important sentences help shape the tone and purpose of the novel itself. Not only does the imagery in Night help create a clear purpose and tone; it also helps give the reader a detailed picture in their head of the conditions of the concentration camps. There were a few cases in which, as the reader, you felt as though you were Wiesel, experiencing what he was experiencing, so much so you felt as though you were him. There was a very specific case in which you felt as though you were him at the very end of the book, as he was seeing himself for the first time since the ghetto: “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed me has never left me” (Wiesel 133). Although this is at the end of the book, this is a very powerful example of imagery because of his use of descriptive words. Another example of strong imagery is when Wiesel’s ‘friend’, Juliek, played his violin one last time before he died. “... it was as if Juliek’s soul had become his bow. He was playing his life. His whole being was gliding over the strings. He unfulfilled hopes. His
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