Night - the Significance of the Title

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Night – The Significance of the Title
Night, a memoir by Elie Weisel, is about his survival throughout the Holocaust. He speaks about his life before being forced into a concentration camp and the life changing experiences he endured. Elie, along with his parents and sister, were sent to the German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. No more than a few hours after the gruesome journey towards their first camp, the men and women were separated and without knowing, Elie took his final glance at his mother and sister. Together, him and his father faced an unbearable amount of torment. This changes Elie as a person, which is why the title “Night” bears a lot of significance. It resembles the dark events in his life that scarred him the most, the effect it had on him, and the change it resulted in.

Elie mentions the word “night” many times in this novel for many different reasons. In the beginning, he did not know what to expect for the future, and had the most time to anticipate what may happen, during the night. It also resembles a very dark and frightening period of time, which is how it felt not knowing where he was headed, since a lot of the transporting was done at night. Also, a lot of events happened during that time, which scarred him for the rest of his life. The night would have dragged on for a very long time with the horrible conditions they were in. In chapter three Elie says: “So many events had taken place in just a few hours that I had completely lost all notion of time. When had we left our homes? One night? One single night?” (37;pt.3) This shows that from the beginning, he had endured more in one night than any human being should ever have to. Also, they were not allowed to carry anything with them so his perception of time quickly began to take place from night to night, based on major events. Another example of this is when Elie begins to wonder: “Once...
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