Compare and Contrast Night to Devil's Arithmetic

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Seren Snow
English II
April 2010

Compare and Contrast: Night and Devil's Arithmetic

There are many similarities and differences between the two stories Night and Devil's Arithmetic. First I will give some background information on the two stories. Night is a story about a boy named Eliezer and his father who are sent to Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland. Devil's Arithmetic is a story about a girl, Hannah who does not care about her heritage but then dreams of a time in a concentration camp where she learns a lesson she will never forget. My two similarities are the journey for Eliezer from Night and Hannah Stem from Devil's Arithmetic to the concentration camp from their homes are the same, and the equivalence of the Hannah and Rivka meeting and Eliezer and the French girl meeting. My difference is that Eliezer is sure of himself and his religion and Hannah is not sure of herself at all.

My first similarity was that the journey to the concentration camp for Hannah and for Eliezer was the same. In Night, the author describes how the Jews were first transported into ghettos and then loaded onto box cars for several days. Many people die on the box cars from starvation or illness. The author also mentions that at first the Jews were told they were being relocated, but realized this was not true when they arrived at the concentration camp. In Devil's Arithmetic, the same happens, as Hannah and others are put onto box cars (also known as cattle cars) and they stay there for the next four days. People die on the box cars from starvation and the harsh conditions. Eliezer and Hannah both experienced the sad journey from their home, to the wretched concentration camp.

My second similarity was that Hannah Eliezer both meet people at their respective concentration camp that briefly became their companion. In Night, Eliezer eventually meets a French girl who provides him with comfort and kindness after he was beat by the Kapo in charge of his work...
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