The Concentration Camp Experience By Elie Wiesel

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Millions of people were killed during the Holocaust. They suffered from diseases and starvation, labored to death, and murdered in concentration camps. In experiencing the terrors of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel describes his dreadful experiences as a Jewish boy under Nazi control. Everybody goes through situations and experiences that affect them in some way, perhaps even change them. This intense story not only indicates the horror of the concentration camp experience; it shows many important examples of literary devices and reveals certain themes of the excerpt. The way Wiesel uses these devices and themes help create an overwhelming effect on the story. Wiesel talked about the camp using pathos to express how their lives were full of darkness. There were many quotes that gave readers a sense of sympathy. For instance, the quote “I witnessed other hangings. I never saw a single victim weep. For a long time, those dried-up bodies had long forgotten the bitter taste of tears” (572). This particular quote shows that they were hopeless about everything and their lives were never getting better. The way Wiesel specifies this emotional feeling is definitely the strongest, without a doubt. It appears to be practically unreasonable for a reader not to cry about the way Wiesel describes the things he goes through. As specified by Wiesel, “The first hardly examined me. He just asked: ‘Are you in good health?’ Who would have dared to admit the opposite” (559)? This is a use of irony
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