Faith Destroyed in Eliezer Wiesel’s Night At first glance, Night, by Eliezer Wiesel does not seem to be an example of deep or emotionally complex literature. It is a tiny book, one hundred pages at the most with a lot of dialogue and short choppy sentences. But in this memoir, Wiesel strings along the events that took him through the Holocaust until they form one of the most riveting, shocking, and grimly realistic tales ever told of history’s most famous horror story. In Night, Wiesel reveals the intense impact that concentration camps had on his life, not through grisly details but in correlation with his lost faith in God and the human conscience.
Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography about his experience during the Holocaust when he was fifteen years old. Elie is fifteen when the tragedy begins. He is taken with his family through many trials and then is separated from everyone besides his father. They are left with only each other, of which they are able to confide in and look to for support. The story is told through a series of creative writing practices. Mr. Wiesel uses strong diction, and syntax as well as a combination of stylistic devices. This autobiography allows the readers to understand a personal, first-hand account of the terrible events of the holocaust. The ways that diction is used in Night helps with this understanding.
Many say a picture is worth a thousand words. What if that picture was of someone’s eyes? Or if it was engulfed in darkness? In Elie Wiesel’s Night, many characters are explained by their eyes, and many situations are explained in terms of the night that surrounds them. Elie shares
When Eliezer looks at himself after liberation he sees a corpse in the mirror. Diction refers to Wiesel’s distinctive style of expression. He uses the words “murder” and “consumed” to describe how he feels. This accurately portrays how the camp had changed him. He no longer looked to God for answers. He felt alone from his first day in captivity. There was no freedom or happiness in his life anymore. Death became imminent and insignificant. He was surrounded by men and watched each one become nothing more than bone and flesh. But liberation came only with strength and endurance. Even those who were physically prepared didn’t necessarily make it. He repeats throughout the entire memoir the phrase “never shall I forget…” to emphasize the horror of the Holocaust.
Elie Wiesel's Night In Elie Wiesel’s Night, he recounts his horrifying experiences as a Jewish boy under Nazi control. His words are strong and his message clear. Wiesel uses themes such as hunger and death to vividly display his days during World War II. Wiesel’s main purpose is to describe to the reader the horrifying scenes and feelings he suffered through as a repressed Jew. His tone and diction are powerful for this subject and envelope the reader. Young readers today find the actions of Nazis almost unimaginable. This book more than sufficiently portrays the era in the words of a victim himself.
Wiesel’s inclusion of this quote shows readers that he was appalled by the inhuman prisoners and concentration camp leaders. One of the reasons for Wiesel becoming so traumatized by the evils of humanity is his prior belief that people would help each other in times of need. Halperin writes, “Before coming to Auschwitz, Eliezer had believed that twentieth-century man was civilized. He had supposed that people would try to help one another in difficult times; certainly his father and teachers had taught him that every Jew is responsible for all other Jews” (Halperin 33). Convinced that people were kind and that Jews would help one another, Wiesel was greatly disappointed after coming to a tragic realization in the concentration camps. Wiesel was robbed, pushed, beaten, and betrayed by his fellow Jews at the camps. Contrary to his prior belief that Jews should be working together, the other Jews invested in themselves. They cared, solely, about their own well being. In including the evils of the other prisoners, Wiesel is able to show readers that due to the lack of innocence within the concentration camps, it was inevitable for him to lose his
In Night, by Elie Wiesel, one man tells his story of how he survived his terrible experience during the Holocaust. Wiesel takes you on a journey through his “night” of the Holocaust, and how he survived the world’s deadliest place, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Elie Wiesel will captivate you on his earth shattering journey through his endless night. Elie Wiesel’s book Night forces you to open your eyes to the real world by using; irony, diction, and repetition to prove that man does have the capability to create such a harsh reality.
His mother and sister perished in the death camps. Wiesel was still young when he was forcibly sent to a death camp. He was forcibly separated from his mother and sister at Auschwitz whom he never saw again. Luckily, he was able to stay in contact with his father throughout the book Night. He helped his father a lot, sometime giving up his food or encouraging him to prove he is fit to work because if the SS soldier found you were no help or weak you were most likely to be killed. “I was terribly hungry, yet i refused to touch it. I was
At the beginning of the book Wiesel mentioned that his dad was a cultured man, his dad was also said to be “rather unsentimental” (4). On page 32 Wiesel mention he was still happy since he got to be near his father. Wiesel got to be in a working spot next to his father too, which once again he was stationed ny his father and was very happy about it as mentioned on page 50. Wiesel also seemed to be worried about his father’s factory getting bombed on page 60 since the buna factory had been bombed and went up in flames. On page 94 Wiesel was calling for his father making sure he was near, which to mean means he was still very worried about losing his father. On page 96 wiesel’s father was about to get exterminated in the crematoria but Wiesel made a scene to distract the SS officers working, so his dad could sneak to the opposing line which was for the prisoners that could live longer. “I tightened my grip on my father’s hand. The old, familiar fear: not to lose him.” (104). Wiesel was getting closer and closer to his father throughout the book which you can tell by looking at the above quotes throughout the book. On page 111 an SS officer was striking wiesel’s father on the head and Wiesel was to scared to do anything about it, and every muscle in his body tightened leaving him left standing there
Wiesel is commenting on the fact that everyone was living with false hopes and not really paying attention to the problem. The Germans had put the Jews in the ghetto, but they didn't interfere with anything going on inside until it was decided that the people were to be sent away. With the Germans temporarily out of the picture, the Jews would be the likely ruling force. But their need for hope kept them from realizing that they were captive. Instead, they convinced themselves that the ghetto was a safe, secure place. They were living in a fantasy land.
“Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.” After World War I Germany had suffered great loss. Their economy was especially weak. The German people desperately seeked for a leader that could help them. Adolf Hitler had won over the people of Germany and gained control. Many thought he would be the one to save them. Hitler slowly began turning everyone against the Jews. He said the Jews were the ones to blame for their country’s problems. Hitler began sending them to concentration camps in order to exterminate them, this was known as the Holocaust. Between five to six million Jews were killed. Elie Wiesel experienced all of these horrors right in front of his very own eyes, alongside his father.
Wiesel’s story centers around the tragic horror that is genocide. He was apart of what is notoriously known as the Holocaust. This event is the most talked about and studied example of genocide but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one of its kind. There have been various examples of mass genocide over the years that don’t seem to stick in history the way the Holocaust does. This is precisely what Wiesel wanted to make
In the beginning of the speech Wiesel explains his childhood. He uses imagery to paint a picture in the audience’s mind of what it was like to live in a war-torn country. He states, “Fifty-four years to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe’s beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald.” (Wiesel 1) This makes the audience think about what he just said and where Wiesel came from. It also makes the reader feel
Who else is better to advocate for human rights than Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel survived the Holocaust, one of the worst crimes against humanity ever committed. Being a victim of injustice gives you a deeper understanding of the situation. You can feel much more sympathy for those who are currently
As a human, eyes are a vital part of one's anatomy. While it is not always obvious, eyes do more than see. Eyes help one to feel, and feeling the most crucial thing in proving that one is alive. While feelings were more than stripped of, of the people of the Holocaust, in the beginning their eyes and feelings were all they really had. In analysis of the motif of eyes, in Elie Wiesel’s novel, Night, the reader can better understand the characters sanity or state of mind, and how they took the role of witness many times.