The Holocaust Was The Systematic And Bureaucratic Murder Of Six Million Jews By The Nazi Party

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Megan Cooper Instructor Klug English 10B May 1st, 2017 Analyzing Night Style The Holocaust was the systematic and bureaucratic murder of six million Jews by the Nazi party and its collaborators. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities targeted many groups of people because of their perceived "racial inferiority" including Gypsies, the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples. Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds. Several authors have written about the Holocaust, but one author that touched many readers greatly was Elie Wiesel. Through the use of several style devices, Wiesel creates an impressionistic style which reflects the nature of his experiences in the Nazi death…show more content…
For example on page 25 a woman on the train with Elie named Madam Schächter cries, "Jews listen to me, I see a fire! I see flames, huge flames!" Wiesel uses her hallucinations to foreshadow what is about to happen to most of the men, women, and children arriving at the camps. The others on the train with her said, "She is hallucinating because she is thirsty, poor woman. . . That 's why she speaks of flames devouring her. . ." However, in her fear, she is the most honest and accurate about what is going to happen, although the others have no idea. Everyone on the train hated Madame Schachter because she was screaming about her vision of flames which no one could see. When Elie and his father finally get off the train, they see the thick black smoke and smell the flesh in the air around them and they see, for the first time, that Madam Schachter 's visions were true. Symbolism is frequently spotted throughout the text. For example, the image of corpses is used not only to describe literal death, but also to symbolize spiritual death. After liberation, when Eliezer looks at himself for the first time in a long time, he sees a corpse in the mirror. The image he holds of himself will never rest. It clearly shows the horror he has experienced and seen, which stole his childhood innocence and his faith in God. Night is used throughout the book to symbolize death, darkness of the soul, and loss of faith as well. Many terrible

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