Michael Greenberg By Elie Wiesel
1. “ The shadows beside me awoke as from a long sleep. They fled, silently, in all directions.” (Wiesel pg 12)- Personification. Wiesel uses this deep personification with a hint of symbolism to give the effect that shadows can wake up just as living organisms do. Yet a shadow is non-living and cannot truly wake up. At the time of Wiesel’s choice of personification, his whole family has just heard news that they are to leave their home in the morning. He is told by his father to wake up the neighbors, but instead shadows are the only things that wake. This somewhat hints at the profound deeper meaning of where they are actually going to be taken and how that might affect them. 2. “ The street was like a market place that had suddenly been abandoned.” (Pg 15)- Simile. Wiesel makes the reader understand the disappearance of life from the streets. A market is usually filled with vendors, buyers and entertainers, but after the evacuation of the Jews of Sighet, the belongings remained but not the people. Leaving behind a sense of eeriness and emptiness. 3. “Monday passed like a small summer cloud like a dream in the first daylight hours.” (Pg 16)-Simile. A small summer cloud is used to show how fast this life-changing event has come over Elie. It all seemed so sweet and shining for him but it passed so quickly. Monday is over and the day that Elie Wiesel’s sweet childhood ends is just over the horizon. 4. “It seemed to me that we were damned souls wandering in the half-world, souls condemned to wander through space till the generations of man came to an end.” (Pg 34)- Metaphor. Wiesel speaks of himself and fellow tortured prisoners of the Nazi Germans, as damned souls wandering till man came to an end. It is as if there was no place for them in this world but to wander. At this point in time he has been forced to travel from barracks to barracks, following his inmates not having any idea of what his purpose is,...
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