Tone of Manzanar and Night

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In the memoirs Farewell to Manzanar and Night, the authors both reveal events from their tragic past to the reader. However, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston takes a more reflective tone while Elie Wiesel tells his story with a solemn yet intimate tone. Within Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne narrates her story in a very calm and reflective way because she wanted to spread awareness that the Japanese internment did indeed happen. Although she tries to remain more of an observer and state facts of the time she was interned, at the end of the memoir, her tone does shift from a very factual standpoint to a more nostalgic and sentimental tone. In Night, Wiesel’s solemn and intimate tone helps him tell the reader of his difficult conflicts trying to survive religious persecution from the Nazis and his struggle to keep faith in God. In her memoir, Houston manages remaining observational for most of the book. She bides by stating mostly facts from events from her past experiences at Manzanar, now and then stating her thoughts and feelings. She begins her memoir by telling the reader she wrote the memoir to raise awareness for the Japanese internment in the 1940’s era, which she handles gracefully, remaining calm while confronting the trauma from her past. “My faith in God and in the Catholic church slipped several notches at that time. But not my faith in the outside, all such good things could be found.” (Houston, 118). In this quote, Jeanne is saying how even though her experience inside

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