Night, By Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust is arguably one of the most horrific events in human history. As the last Jewish survivors are passing away from old age, the importance of Holocaust related documentation is going to be imperative in teaching the next generations about the monstrosities that went on during this time. In the 1960 novel, Night, Elie Wiesel utilizes several literary devices, including the symbology of nighttime, motif of religious practices, and theme of father-son relationships, in order to emphasize the atrocities of the Holocaust specifically for Jews. Wiesel’s first hand experience in concentration camps allows for a vivid retelling of what many people had to endure.
The symbolic portrayal of the nighttime helps to add a deeper meaning to the text. The title of the novel, Night, brings the symbol to the forefront of the reader’s mind. Nightfall is a time full of fear and lack of clarity due to the lack of light. This immediately presents an environment without safety or predictability. Similarly, the first mention of nighttime in the story is when Elie’s father receives the news that all of the Jews in his area are going to be moved into another confined section of the town. The introduction of the night signifies the end of the sun’s appearance and a plunging into darkness. There is no longer any light which Wiesel uses to mark the descent into the unknown as they enter the confined areas and later the work/concentration camps. Additionally, when Elie and his father are

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