Uses Of Pathos In Elie Wiesel's 'Night'

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January 30th, 1933. The day many Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals lost their lives forever. That Monday started the morbid event that claimed up to 7 million lives. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace prize winner and author of the memoir Night writes about his experiences during the Holocaust so it may never be forgotten. Wiesel uses pathos, foreshadowing, and irony to help the audience comprehend, with their knowledge, what situations were like during this long, hard journey for Eliezer. Elie Wiesel uses these devices and appeals in places that enhance and emphasize the experiences and hardships him and his father had dealt with. Pathos is the emotional appeal and connection the writer includes to assist the audience and provide the emotions the writer wants to convey. Foreshadowing is cluing in on an event that will occur in the future of the writing. Lastly, irony is the contrary outcome which a reader might expect to occur.
Wiesel made the appeal pathos noticeable to the audience in Night; using this strategy in his writing gives the audience the emotional feeling felt by Eliezer as the story progressed. The first example of pathos was the appearance of German troops on the streets of Sighet, “The race toward death had begun.” (Wiesel 2006, 10). This is how Elie Wiesel used the appeal of pathos to help the audience understand how frightened and shocked everyone in the town was after the German officers appeared on their streets. Elie continued to use this appeal throughout the book;
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