Themes In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie and his family are Jewish and in turn get sent to Birkenau. They were sent to Birkenau because Adolf Hitler had come to power just before World War II. Elie gets separated from his mother and sister who had been sent to the crematory. Elie had been fortunate enough that his father was sent to the same side as him. Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own disgust with humanity, reflected in the inversion of the father son bond, as his father declines to a helpless state and Wiesel becomes his resentful teenage caregiver. The motif is night as a symbol of death. This is shown through his experience at the concentration camp and times on the train. First of all, in chapter 1, Elie says “pitch darkness every now and then an explosion in the night.” (P 57) This quote ties into the motif of darkness symbolizes death because the quote talks about pitch darkness and the Nazis blowing up the camps with people in them. In Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, he explores three themes: Man's inhumanity towards man, Elie's struggle to maintain faith, and the importance of a father and son relationship. The first example of theme is man's inhumanity towards others. Throughout the years, mankind has been very inhumane to each other, and It's inconceivable how cruel people can be. In Wiesel's memoir he recalls the train ride to the concentration camp when a woman went crazy because she had a foreshadowing vision about the impending gas chambers. Every
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