Night Personal Response

2362 Words Sep 22nd, 2008 10 Pages
“Night” by Elie Wiesel – Personal Responses

Chapter 1
• Moché the Beadle’s story is very disturbing. He had experienced horrible atrocities and risked his life to warn his fellow townspeople. However, the latter did not believe him yet alone listen to him. They called him the madman. This passage is hard for the reader, who knows what is going to happen to the Jews later on (situational irony). Moché was also foreshadowing what was going to happen to the Jews. This warning also brings about the postulation that many Jews could have escaped the Holocaust had they believed in the some firsthand testimonies.
• This naivety can also be seen on page 20: “The Germans were already in the town, the Fascists were already in power, the verdict
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Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” The repetition of the phrase “Never shall I forget” really emphasises on and illustrated that what Wiesel is describing will be engraved in his memory forever, that it is impossible to forget. I also think that he wants to spread the word about what happened in the holocaust, raise awareness and make sure that nothing even remotely like it ever happens again.
• On page 50, when the Gypsy deportee struck Eliezer’s father, Eliezer does not react at all. Here, Eliezer himself and the reader realise that he has changed, that his new surroundings have changed him. The inhumane way of treating the Jews has transformed them too to behave like animals; only fending for themselves and leaving the others to live their own lives – or in this case, die their own deaths.
• “After that, I had no other name” When Eliezer has his number engraved onto his left arm, he feels a loss of identity. This also contributes to the change in character.

Chapter 4
• On page 72, “We were no longer afraid of that kind of death” shows that the Jews had already gone through so much that they were not afraid to die from a dropped bomb. They would have