Night by Elie Weisel

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  • Topic: Jews, Darkness, Hungary
  • Pages : 2 (527 words )
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  • Published : February 12, 2013
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Night is the narration of an experience filled with darkness, sadness, silence and at times also death. on the second section of this novel (page 21-24), a dark and angry pictures of human nature emerged . The Jews was deported to the concentration camps riding in a cattle wagon, treated like caged animals. They are tormented by nearly unbearable conditions. There is almost no food to it, no air to breathe, the heat is intense, there is no room to sit and everybody is hungry and thirsty. During the journey, Madame Schachter, a woman of about fifty, had gone out of her mind. The separation and the oppressive treatment had completely broken her.by the third night of their trip, while everyone is asleep, she cried, “Fire! I can see a fire! I can see a fire!” Her screams became sickening in the ears of the other deportees and made them fear of the worst. Some tried to calm Madame Schachter and the others tied her up, gagged her and beat her into silence. This novel demonstrates that cruelty breeds cruelty. Instead of comforting each other in times of difficulty, the Jews respond to their circumstances by turning against one another. Madame Schechter’s fellow Jews lose all their good morals and social affection. Instead of stopping those who are doing the beating to the poor woman, they vocally support them." Make her be quiet! She’s mad! Shut her up! She’s not the only one. She can keep her mouth shut ... “. Even the mothers like Madame Schachter cooperated and encouraged others in torturing her in front of her ten year old son. One of the circumstances that allow for this darker side of human nature to emerge is because of the oppressive treatment by the German officers and the Hungarian police. The Jews were threatened by the words of the German officer, “If anyone is missing, you'll all be shot, like dogs ...". The Jews have been influenced by their oppressors and so they tried to be eminent among others including Madame Schachter. By treating the Jews less than...
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