[2013] Michelle Truong: Night by Elie Wiesel

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[2013] Michelle Truong: Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Characters:Elie Wiesel is a young 15-year old Jew who is put under extreme circumstances and is forced to grow up much faster. His only desire: stay with his father.His father is a strong somewhat-elderly man of 50 years old. He ages quickly, but still has to deal with the hard work that is forced upon them.The pair survive together, until the end where Elie's father dies in the hospital.

Summary:The Wiesel family have been living peacefully in Sighet since the beginning of the war. Suddenly, all Jews are taken to a ghetto, smaller work camp, and then deported to Birkneau.There, the women were split from the men and Elie would never see them again. Elie and his father march to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz, Elie stays with his father, gets punished, and is forced to see others hanged. Elie's foot swells up as the weather turns colder and the prisoners are forced to march. During this march, many prisoners die from fatigue or cold. While going to the next camp in a wagon, Elie witnesses more death over food. After finally reaching Buchenwald, Father dies in the hospital. His last word was Eliezer. On April 5th, the head announced the camp was to be liquidated. On April 10th, the camp was liberated by the Americans.

Michelle Truong3/4/14Period 3

Climax:The climax of this story is when Elie's father dies, because throughout the entire story Elie tries to stay with his father and cannot anymore.

My Thoughts:I really liked this story. Although really depressing, it honestly told the good and bad of being in several different concentration camps. Elie Wiesel gives you enough detail so that the story isn't tedious, but you can still picture everything he's saying.


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