Night by Elie Weisel Book Analysis

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Night Analysis
Elie Wiesel’s use of language and structure emphasizes the meaning and tone of the selection. Closely examine the memoir and your annotations to find examples of these features of language and structure. Fill in the chart below, providing the definition of the device, 2-3 examples from the text complete with page number references, and the effect of each example on the context in which it is used and the work as a whole. Literary or Stylistic Device | Definition of Device | 3-4 Examples from the Text | Effect of Each Example | Anaphora | The repetition of a word or short phrase at the beginning of a sentence or sentences | 1)”Never shall I forget that night…Never shall I forget that smoke…Never shall I forget the small
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But the fact that all Wiesel’s family had left were a knife and silver spoon, shows how much the SS took from them. Wiesel didn’t even want to take his inheritance because that would have also meant letting go of the last family member he had with him. | Foreshadowing | A hint of what is going to happen | 1)”Mother was stroking my sister’s blond hair, as if to protect her. And I walked on with my father, with the men. I didn’t know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever. I kept walking, my father holding my hand.” (Wiesel 29)2)”Just you wait, kid…You will see what it costs to leave your work…You’ll pay for this later…And now go back to your place…” (Wiesel 57)3)”Suddenly, the gate opened, and Stern, a former shopkeeper who now was a policeman, entered and took my father aside. Despite the growing darkness, I could see my father turn pale.” (Wiesel 12) | 1)The effect of this example is that it shows how naïve and innocent Elie Wiesel was because he didn’t even realize he would never see his sister and mother again. Once he lost sight of them, he would never see nor hear from them again. The SS took so much away from Wiesel and the other Jews that they were too gullible to realize what was going on, and by then, it was too late.2)The effect of this example is that it shows that because Elie was snooping around and not
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