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Night by Elie wiesel, is an impactful story of Elie wiesel's life during the time of the holocaust. Elie was a deeply religious boy with a loving family consisting of his three sisters and his parents. He was quite an intelligent child with the ambition of learning Kabbalah. In 1941, his family is taken from thier home in Sighet, Transylvania and sent to the Auschwitz/ Birkenau concentration camp. Elie and his father are seperated from his mother and three sisters. Togther, they are transferred from camp to camp. On their perilous journey, Elie tells about suffering, the loss of his family, and the loss of his own innocence. Night is an emotional novel filled with several horrors of the holocaust.

Powerful Paragraph

''Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that my turned life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams into ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God himself. Never (P.34).'' I believe that this paragraph is impactful because it symbolizes the point at which Elie feels that his God was murdered. It also metaphorically symbolizes the destruction of Elie's faith and innocence. Elie explains in this paragraph that he will carry all of his horrific experiences with him for the rest of his existence.

In Night, Elie Wiesel presents the idea that evil is within each person of society, but we must learn how to escape from it.


Figure of Speech

''We can't let them kill us like that, like cattle in the slaughterhouse (P.31).'' This similie effects the text by describing the inhumane deaths of the Jews. They were not thought of as anything more than ''cattle.'' Also, it explains that the Jews did not want to die without trying to stand against the cruelty of the German forces.

Night By: Elie Wiesel



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