Night Evaluation Essay

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Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, others say that language has power. When Elie Wiesel wrote his memoirs regarding his experience with his Holocaust, he had to “conjure up other verbs, other images, other silent cries” (Wiesel, pg. ix). Throughout this book, the imagery used leaves no question in the reader’s mind about the horrors that this man experienced. He did not have to create a new language, but he did combine aspects of our current language that are not often combined. His word choice and use of subtle description made his message in this book clearer than any picture ever could. While describing an experience that a friend told him about, Wiesel writes “they shot the prisoners, who were forced to approach the …show more content…
The lack of extra words in this statement creates a definite end to the lives of those taken away on the cattle cars. The holocaust is a difficult subject to describe, by one who experienced the horrors personally, or through research. Many holocaust authors describe how the victims look after their imprisonment, or the conditions they lived in during it. Wiesel does not; this victim-turned-author uses description when it applies to his thoughts. He did not have time nor the desire to make a mental note of his surroundings during his time with the Germans unless his surroundings affected his chance of survival in a positive way. Wiesel writes “He dragged me toward a pile from which protruded human shapes, torn blankets” (Wiesel, pg. 105). Wiesel used this description to create a mental image in the mind of the reader; he included it in his passage to describe to the reader what type place he and his father were living in. The two of them lived in places where humans became animals, and animals (when any were seen) became lucky, they weren’t imprisoned. Wiesel’s father was exhausted from the run they were forced to complete, and he wanted to rest. He pulled his son toward a mound of dead, piled bodies who also ‘just wanted to rest’. Wiesel realized that death, shown through these bodies, was pulling his father farther

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