Theme Of Language In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Ludwig Wittgenstein explored language, using words to communicate ideas and feelings to one another. Expressing what one wants others to understand is nearly impossible. Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, aims to communicate the terror of the Holocaust and what he went through. But he says that there are no words to describe it or communicate to others. According to Wittgenstein, Wiesel is right. He will not be able to make others understand what he went through and other people do not hold the ability to understand. In the beginning of Elie Wiesel's Night, he talks about how there are no words to describe what he went through, “... while I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them” (Wiesel 2) and not many people can imagine it because most people did not have to suffer through the concentration camps of World War II. Weisel is trying his best to explain the horror of these few years but no one can really understand them because they do not have the same images in their heads. “Painfully aware of my limitations, I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle. It became clear that it would be necessary to invent a new language. But how was one to rehabilitate and transform words betrayed and perverted by the enemy?” (Wiesel 2) Ludwig Wittgenstein was a very confusing and complex philosopher. Wittgenstein is one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He explored many different aspects of communication and overall, was very integied in what he was researching. The book Culture and Value, goes into many thoughts and ideas Wittgenstein had. Many of these are about art, architecture, religion, music, philosophy, and being Jewish. Wittgenstein wants people to understand him but know that it is very unlikely. Wittgenstein was born in 1889, in Vienna, Austria. He has 7 siblings, and his family was extremely wealthy. Growing up Wittgenstein had a stutter. Which peaked his interest in communication and language itself. Three of his four brothers had committed suicide and Wittgenstein had also suffered with suicidal thoughts. He was interested in aeronautics, experimenting with kites, but when he met Bertrand Russell at Cambridge university he forgot all of that. Russell read

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