Romeo and Juliet: Night - Rejoice or Rebel?

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Romeo and Juliet: Night - Rejoice or Rebel?

Night can be seen in two contrasting ways. The first can be summarized as a time for celebration and love. The second, and most commonly associated with night, is a time of darkness and horror. Two shining examples of the different emotions and reactions brought on by darkness are the books Night by
Elie Wiesel and Romeo and Juliet by well-known author, William Shakespeare. In
Romeo and Juliet night has a positive image, a welcomed time for love, protection and exchanging of covenants, while in Night the image is portrayed in a negative way, a time for fear, suffering, and death. Night in the great romances is a greeted time of romance and in
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet a time to hide
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To everybody's life there must come an end, but this end was often brutally cut short in concentration camps during the wickedness of night. The
Germans killed uncountable numbers of Jewish people during the darkening skies, nights coming, through hangings. An example that stands out particularly well transpires in night's darkness when a child is being hanged with two adults for destroying an electric power station. "For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony before our eyes."
(Wiesel 62) Elie almost succumbs to death during the long march in the cold and bitter night, but doesn't give in to death's beckoning because of his father. "Death wrapped itself around me till I was stifled." (Wiesel 82) But
Elie's father, his condition gradually declining because of dysentery, is eventually taken off to the crematories during night's unforgiving harshness, while possibly still alive. In conclusion, I think we should have more of a open mind when thinking about the meaning of night and not just look upon it with a one-sided point of view. These two books are excellent examples of how night can be both full of passion and full of

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