The Work of WWII That Evokes A More Powerful Reaction

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Imagine being bolted up in a diminutive, poorly-ventilated and crowded wagon for days in your others’, and your own, grime and moisture. You arrive at what seems to be called a concentration camp, and are assured that everything will be fine. Now visualize finding out that you were deceived, while you are gazing above at the gas pouring out of the ceiling into the swarming room of frightful people. And then you’re gone. World War II was a petrifying war that struck the earth with great incredulity. The conflict was instigated in 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland, and concluded in 1945 after the Axis powers (Germany, Japan, and Italy) surrendered. Although many gruesome things had happened during this war, as they always do in wars,…show more content…
This makes the written work weaker in evoking a reaction than the excerpt from “Night”, because Elie Wiesel (the Author) was a genuine survivor from incarceration in the deathly camp of Auschwitz, and knew exactly what had occurred inside the confines. His direct account of the holocaust results in his extensive content of emotion, which makes his story enormously powerful in evoking reactions to the portrayal of the evils of the time, specifically through his use of imagery. Imagery is “The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas.”[3] Although Winston Churchill does use some vivid language to express his points and goals, he is limited to how graphic his language can be. For example, it would be exceedingly incongruous if Churchill used the story of a man’s arms being severed off (as an experiment in one of the camps) in order to illustrate the pains of the war. This would set off panic and turmoil through the streets of Great Britain, hence the need to restrict such language and imagery. He resorts to humbly being informative, and focusing more on persuasion rather than what I call invasion (of the mind). From “Night”, Wiesel uses a lot of imagery and communicates things in a somewhat graphic method in order to evoke emotions that will give rise to feelings that are even a mere fraction of how he felt during the time of the described

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