Symbolism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Casey Shafer 1.
Ms. Scannell
English II
Analysis of Night Elie Wiesel went through some dark times, as a result he uses symbols to describe these trying times. A literary symbol is used to unite an image and an idea to evoke thought. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, night, fire, and silence are used as symbols to describe the darkness of his history. In this article i intend to analyse how night is used to show the darkness of humanity in this time period throughout the novel, how fire represented that they were in hell, and how silence is used to show the loss of faith and fear. The biggest symbol used in the novel is night it's even used as the title to hint towards the story’s darkness. Wiesel uses the word night to show death, darkness, and a world without God. Throughout the book there were many “last nights”; for example, the last night in Sighet, the last night with his father, and even the last night of innocence. The worst suffering in the book happens at night, the train ride to the concentration camp was his last night of freedom before they got there, the first selection was at 9 o’clock, when winter came Eliezer said it was unbearable, and they left the camp on the death march during the night. Eliezer said when they left on the death march “At six o’clock the bell rang. The death knell. The funeral. The procession was

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