Night and The Book Thief

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Narrator- a person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences. In the historical non-fiction Night by Elie Wiesel and Markus Zusak's historical fiction The Book Thief, the narrators offer unique perspectives to readers of World War II and also the Holocaust in Germany. Night's first-person narrator and The Book Thief's third-person narrator both bring out the realities and actualities of World War II by describing the horrors of what they each had to see and go through. The fact that Night is in first person enables the reader to interpret one person's encounters that occurred in real life, while the third person narrative, The Book Thief, lets readers see the thoughts of many characters. In Elie Wiesel's Night, the first person narrator, Elie Wiesel, lets the reader to be able to have a firsthand account of the Holocaust and World War II and also explain what evil can do to a person. Elie is "a body. Perhaps less than that even; a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time" (Wiesel 50). When he faces the "Angel of Death," Dr. Mengele, he is so scarred that he shall never "forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned [his] life into one long night seven times sealed. ... Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. ... Never" (34). The impact of these lines cause readers to experience the evils that the Germans decided to expose to the Jewish when they brought

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