The novel “Night” was written by Elie Wiesel and is a memoir of his life during World War II. The book starts with his life living in Hungary with his family. It then tells of how they were taken away to concentration camps throughout the war. During Elie’s stays at the various camps you see the sacrifices he makes and how the experience changes him.
The setting of “Night” is Eastern Europe and during Nazi rule between the late 1930s and the mid 1940s. Throughout the entire story it takes place in Europe but the location varies to different concentration camps around Nazi occupied Europe.
The main character is Elie himself as a young boy. Elie is a Hungarian Jew who deeply believes in his religion. When the novel starts he is only 13 years old. Elie is a very hardworking, determined student of faith and an honest boy who tries to do the right things even though it is not the easy thing to do. Elie interacts with the other characters as someone who must take care of everyone else and sometimes neglects to take care of himself when he is helping others. When you compare Elie with his father you see many similarities. For example, both elie and his father try to help others before themselves even when it is a fight for survival. They both also do not express their feelings, even to people they trust the most. Elie compared with his friend Moishe, they are similar in their devotion to learn about their religion. They are different because Elie was strong and Moishe was weak when the war started.
In the beginning, there is rising fear in Hungary because of the bombings and rumors of Jews being taken away to mysterious death camps. The early stages of discrimination start when Elie’s family is moved out of their hometown of Siguet, Hungary and into a ghetto. After some time in the ghetto the family is moved and taken in cattle cars to a concentration camp. There the family is separated into a male and female line and they go their separate ways. The women in...
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