Rhetorical Analysis In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In the American memoir, Night, Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel constructs a story about the horrific events he endured during the Holocaust. In the pages of this memoir, he portrays the life of Eliezer, a child born Jewish. In the later chapters of the book, Eliezer endures the tragic hanging of a pipel who lost his life for not giving up the names of the inmates that worked to sabotage the power plant at Buna, a forced labor camp in Germany. The guards forced Eliezer and his father to walk past the child as he hung from the gallows stuck between life and death. The death of the child signifies the death of Eliezer’s faith. The author used this position in the memoir to signify the end of the main character’s religious views, which makes this the climax of the book. The climax fits into the structure of the memoir at this point by staying consistent in word choice and advancing the plot further. The use of the appeals and tone also ties this scene into the plot. However, each translation utilizes these devices differently. The scholar’s translation focuses on ethos, logos, and a helpless tone. Marion’s translation uses pathos and a bitter tone. Marion’s version more effectively uses the appeals and tone because it conveys more emotion to the reader. The passage breaks down into three parts: a beginning, middle, and end. In the first part of the narrative, both translations discuss how the two adults died. The scholar’s translation uses logos, while Marion’s translation uses pathos. The scholar’s translation uses language such as “noose broke necks” and “child too light”. He uses a factual tone and concise language. Marion’s translation uses pathos through her placement of imagery. Her choice of language such as “victims; no longer alive” elicits an emotional response from the reader. Through the use of logos, the scholar eliminates the emotion from the passage, forcing the reader to interpret the tone themselves. In the new translation, Marion Wiesel makes the tone very clear. She uses particular words in order to captivate the emotions of the reader, causing her audience to feel the emotions Elie Wiesel intends. Towards the middle of the excerpt, the main focus changes to the death and march

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