Night By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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“A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: Small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes… children thrown into the flames.” (Wiesel 32). The previous sentence is a quote from Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night. Wiesel’s memoir is a first person account of a survivor of the Holocaust that occurred between 1933-1945. Over six million Jews were placed in concentration camps and murdered during this time period. Less than one percent of the Jews in the holocaust survived, but Elie Wiesel was one of the very few survivors. He lived on to tell his story of the pain and suffering the Jews were put through during this time. Wiesel does a great job of showing the readers the horrific tragedies he and his fellow Jews had to endure by…show more content…
Elie Wiesel’s use of imagery in the memoir helps convey the horrific conditions and sights that Wiesel was exposed to. In the following sentence, “The stones were so cold that touching them, we felt that our hands would remain stuck. But we got used to that too.” (Wiesel 78). Elie Wiesel’s use of imagery in the previous quote appeals to the reader's sense of touch and feeling. Wiesel’s descriptions help the reader visualize the harsh, freezing temperatures that he and his fellow Jews had to withstand. In chapter four of the book, Wiesel says, “Hundreds of eyes followed his movements. Hundreds of men crawled with him, scraping their knees with his on the gravel. Every heart trembled, but with envy above all. This man had dared.” (Wiesel 59). In the previous quote, nearly all of the readers senses are employed. The reader is able to visualize the man wriggling across the ground to get to the cauldron of soup. The reader can imagine the man scraping his knees across the ground with hundreds of Jews watching him closely, wondering what will happen. The reader can feel their heartbeat trembling in their chest and they can hear the beat pounding in their ears. He makes the reader feel as if they are actually living in the moment of the story. Elie Wiesel is masterful in his use of imagery throughout the memoir Night. He makes it very easy for the reader to visualize the horrific experiences he had to go through with his use of imagery. Elie Wiesel’s use of syntax

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