Night

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Elie Wiesel wrote “Night” as a memoir, in his perspective living as a child in the holocaust. After reading this work, I felt like I could see everything through his eyes, as a child. There are many psychoanalytical approaches in which this novel could be seen, especially looking at how Wiesel came about writing such a heavy book after ten years of silence. Whenever I read a book, I try and read it like I am the author, looking over a final copy. That is the way I believe literature should be read, through the lenses of the author and when reading, you must think through the author’s memories, and thoughts while writing. The author wrote this book after taking a self inflected ten-year oath of silence, never to speak of his experiences …show more content…
I think this is because this time in his life was so horrific, almost like a nightmare that he cant forget, that if he were to write about it, in the perspective of him as an adult remembering back to that time, it wouldn’t have the same impact because of the different perspective.
Elie didn’t have a childhood and was forced to grow up, when he was only fifteen, he was forced to act eighteen. Not only through numbers, “Second, their childhood was cut short, as they were obliged to become adults too early, under pressure to be self-reliant, prudent, and responsible. Third, there is the hint of a changed experience of time. Exiles generally experience the passage of time differently in their homeland than in the reception country” (Kroger, Hammel, 8-20). This experience completely changed who he could have been and that had an affected him for the rest of his life. There is a parallel between Elie’s journey through the holocaust and his childhood stages of self. It is important to look at how a child’s identity and moral development is built-up and how that is seen through Elie’s journey and how that affects his perspective. “Self-concept can be viewed as a theory that links the child’s understanding of the nature of the world, the nature of the self and the meaning of interactions between the two” (Newman, Philip, 253). Freud’s model of

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