Topics: Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize, The Holocaust Pages: 2 (429 words) Published: May 30, 2013
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“Was it to leave behind a legacy of words, of memories, to help prevent history from repeating itself?” (Elie Wiesel, vii). In the introduction of the book “Night” Elie, questions himself if he wrote the memoir to prevent genocide like the Holocaust to happen again. The memoir “Night” is written by Elie Wiesel. Were he writes about a specific time in his life as a victim of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel wrote his memoir to prevent history from repeating itself by the use of figurative language, imagery, and diction.

Elie Wiesel wrote his memoir to prevent history from repeating itself by the use of figurative language. For example, the author states, “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” (Elie Wiesel, 34). This statement shows Elie use of anaphora to emphasize how he would not be able to forget those who died without knowing why. This shows how Wiesel try’s to remind the readers what he saw and witness had scar him for life and it’s an unforgettable event to go through.

The memoir “Night” was written to avoid history from reoccurring by the use of imagery. Elie Wiesel illustrates, “A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes… Children thrown into the flames” (Elie Wiesel, 32). Clearly, the author vividly describes the truck being discharge of babies. Then, The Nazi soldiers launch the babies into open flames alive. Elie reminisce the readers that if an event like the Holocaust were to happen again nobody would be safe.

Wiesel wrote his memoir “Night” to elude past experiences like the Holocaust from happening again by the use of diction. In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech Elie explain, “And then I explain to him how naïve we were, that the world did known and remained silent” (Elie Wiesel, 118). According to the website dictionary.com Naïve means “having or showing a...
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