Theme Of Death In Night By Elie Wiesel

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There are very few books and stories left from the holocaust nowadays due to the fact that many did not survive through the holocaust and most of those that did are no longer alive. Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir about his times in the concentration camps throughout the time period of the holocaust. He accounts his experiences of the holocaust from the rights of the Jewish community were taken away to the train rides to being in the concentration camps to being liberated in 1945. Throughout the story, there are a lot of deaths. Death is a very pervasive theme in this story and makes the story very emotional. In Night Elie Wiesel makes the theme of death the most impactful in the story. Death first appears in the story when Eliezer arrives at the first concentration camp, Auschwitz. He is separated from his mother and sisters who are sent to the gas chambers (“Night”). After he is shaved and tattooed, he witnesses the Nazis burning babies by the truck load. The quote, “Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this with my own eyes … children thrown into the flames. (Is it any wonder that ever since then, sleep tends to elude me?)” (Wiesel 40). Here death is being treated like a game by the Nazis. There is no one to mourn them. It is contradictory to civilized practices of death and burial (Hamaoui, Lea). This is a very moving and

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