Night Trilogy By Elie Wiesel

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Lily Zheng
Mrs. Cooper
Advanced Honors English 2 Period 14
10 June 2015
Night Trilogy Criticism
Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy is comprised of an autobiography about Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust and the horrific struggle he faced while in concentration camps, and two other stories depicting the rise of Israel and an accident. The acclaimed Holocaust writer is most well-known for Night due to its effect across the globe. Dawn and Day are not autobiographies, yet they have lingering presences of Wiesel in the main characters and narrators. He captures his painful memories of the Holocaust by describing every process of his life through eloquent language. Readers are taken on his life journey from the beginning in his childhood town of Sighet, Transylavania to Auschwitz, Buna, Gleiwitz, and then finally to his final concentration camp where he is liberated, Buchenwald in Germany. His simple language of the historical events he endured are captured without a plea of sympathy, yet readers feel empathy towards young Wiesel and his father, which explains how powerful and influential Wiesel’s writing is, especially in Night.
“Wiesel does not tell the reader what to think; he simply presents events as plainly as possible and lets them speak for themselves” (Winters 1). He does not emphasize on the horrors since these terrible events reveal themselves as nightmares. In Night, Wiesel narrates what he saw when he first arrived at the first concentration camp out of many.
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