Reflection Paper On Night By Elie Wiesel

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Critical Response Essay
Jake MacRae
Night is a novel written by Elie Wiesel that was published in 1956. It is set in 1944 during the Second World War. This text, with its tragic recollection of a fifteen-year-old Wiesel’s experience of being taken from his home in Sighet, Transylvania and brought to the Auschwitz concentration camps, develops many ideas about the way individuals respond to adversity. It shows that there are many different reactions to adversity, which tend to happen in a specific order. Often times there comes denial, followed by noncompliance and/or hatred, acceptance, and then depression. The author demonstrates all of these responses to the tragedy that was the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel lived a conventional life up until the German Army vehicles made their appearance on the streets of Sighet. He lived with his parents and his three sisters, Hilda, Bea, and Tzipora. Elie spent his days studying Talmud, a religious text of Rabbinic Judaism. He desired to be guided by a master in his studies of Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish wisdom that tells how the universe and life works, but that was the last thing his father, a man who rarely exhibited his feelings, wanted for him. Elie found himself a master in Moishe the Beadle, the “jack-of-all-trades in a Hasidic house of prayer”. Although most people found him funny for his awkwardness and shyness, Elie enjoyed his singing and his eyes, which he described as wide and dreamy. In the course of the evenings that he and

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