Themes In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The memoir, Night, written by Elie Wiesel, talks about Elie, the main character, experiences life in several concentration camps and settings. The narrative starts off in Sighet, Elie’s hometown; however, Elie spends the most time at Auschwitz—a concentration camp in Poland overrun by the Nazis. Wiesel writes himself as the main character, a young Jewish boy about 14 years old. Elie not only struggles with abuse and starvation, he also struggles with his faith in God—questioning God’s justice—and himself as he goes through the concentration camps. Through Elie’s struggles, the author conveys that there was none or very little humanity left in the concentration camps. Human nature was very scarce with all the cruel treatment from the Nazis. Wiesel uses the symbols fire, bread, and eyes to convey and illustrate themes in the narrative. Throughout the narrative, Wiesel uses the symbol of fire to describe how when forced into atrocious situations, one may realize the severity of their situation and face ever-present danger. For instance, one example is seen when Elie arrives in Birkenau—the reception center for Auschwitz and the Nazis split the Jews by gender, age, and occupation. Elie and his father are taken to the path that leads straight to the flames—the crematory. There, he witnesses the burning bodies of children and adults but makes it out alive to the first night. Elie states, ever shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose
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