Night

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Night

Author's Purpose

Night

By: Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel's purpose in writing Night was to inform the readers and express personal thought throughout the writing. He informed the readers about the true horror of the Holocaust and the events that occurred in the concentration camp. He expressed his personal thoughts throughout the book when he explained and wrote about his experience for the years he was inside the camp. As Elie says about his writing, “Was it to leave behind a legacy of words, of memories, to help prevent history from repeating itself?” (p.vii) One of his goals of writing down his experience and publishing it into a book was to prevent such a horrific event from reoccurring in the future.

Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night provides several universal theme messages to the reader. A possible theme for this book is, "Be grateful for the little things in life." This theme can fit into the story because even a bowl of soup or a new pair of shoes meant so much to the ones in the camp. After being treated with such little respect, life got very difficult for them. A small meal could mean everything to the ones affected by the Holocaust. "There was a stampede. Dozens of men fought desperately over a few crumbs" (p.100) Small portions of bread caused such an uprising for the starving men. Even to us, we don’t realize how fortunate we are to have these little things in our life.

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"Moshe the beadle spoke to Elie while still in the ghetto in Sighet: 'they think I'm mad,' he whispered, and tears,like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes." (p.7)

Elie Wiesel provides the reader of his memoir, Night with a mind's eye view that is very effective. The literary device, simile is a figure of speech comparing one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more vivid. "Moshe the beadle spoke to Elie while still in the ghetto in Sighet: 'they think I'm mad,' he whispered, and tears, like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes" (p. 7). This is an example of a simile that is found in the memoir. Elie Wiesel is comparing the man’s tears to wax as they fall from his face. He uses these two things to compare to show how the man’s tears were so thick and filled with emotion waiting to be let out.

Literary Device

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