Time In Night

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Night, Elie Wiesel’s memoir about his time in concentration camps, is a startling revelation with passages that stick to the mind, etched in the brain. Many of the passages in this book are about the views of human life, and can be perceived in many ways. One of these passages is, “The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” This description is of a moment where Wiesel looking in a mirror at himself. He had not seen himself since he had left the concentration camp, and his expression of what he saw is a powerful statement with underlying themes and messages. Wiesel may never forget the look in his eyes, but readers may never forget his words and the meaning it holds. First, this quote can be viewed with the theme of time. When Wiesel looks at himself, he could be seeing the part of him that lived at the camps, and the part…show more content…
Wiesel uses the word “he” to describe his reflections, creating the imagery that the person he sees is not himself, that it is someone else. It could be said that he had changed so much in the concentration camps that he was no longer himself. In a similar fashion, there is an idea that he had become so much of no one, just a shell of himself, that when he looked in the mirror, he just saw a ghost of a man that was no longer him, which can be supported as he calls the reflection “a corpse.” From this, we can see that the way he has structured the sentence provides a lot of insight into his meanings and thoughts. In final consideration, it is possible to see that a short sentence such as, “he look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me,” can mean many different things and can be taken many ways. Wiesel’s words in Night have created important themes such as time that cannot be overlooked. His words create feelings and thoughts that are likely to stay with us for a long time, and even a simple sentence can hold us captive in many
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