Themes In Night In Elie Wiesel's Novel Night

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“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” (Primo Levi). In Elie Wiesel's critically acclaimed novel night, Elie’s journey drags him through terrors that could only have been seen to believe, causing memories that he could never erase. Elie uses the motif “night” to portray his memories, emotions, and faith, to emphasize his hellish experience. Elie Wiesel used his memories to emphasize his experience at the multiple concentration camps he attended. His experiences as a fifteen year old created memories not easily forgotten, and were often added on due to the many horrifying things he saw while attending those camps. Elie describes his first night by stating “Never shall i forget that night in camp that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed”, Wiesel would never recover from the images of babies being thrown into fires, and people dying all around him (Wiesel 34). A constant circle of death. This quote shows the effect memories have on us, and the effect that it creates in our minds. It creates how we feel about certain people and the way we look at our relationships. Night, usually standing for rest, and recovery, now turns malicious and amplifies the events seen that night by Wiesel. Wiesel also shows us the effect that memories have on us when deals with his memory of the child's death. “Their tongues were hanging out,
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