Anne Lamott once said, “When writers write from a place of insight and real caring about the truth, they have the ability to throw the lights on for the reader.” This means that the author has some sort of experience and/or knowledge in what they are speaking of and is concerned with the real truth. Their writings can open up the reader’s minds and help them to come to realizations. Two works that support this quote are Night by Elie Wiesel and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In each of these works both writers use many literary elements to show how they have experienced what they are writing about and help us readers to come to realizations.
The book Night takes place during the holocaust, a time where many Jews endured a great amount of suffering. This book is about Elie Wiesel who was a holocaust survivor. Night is narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager who, when the story begins, lives in his hometown of Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania. In the book, we truly feel that we are in Eliezer’s shoes. Wiesel uses imagery in the book to describe the inhumane conditions of this time, for example the description of all the Jewish individuals packed in the railroad car, or the silencing of Madame Schachter because these moments are built in such a truthful and intense manner. Another such moment might be the hanging of the child, where the horrors of existence can be fully seen. With seeing all these depictions in the book, we get a true feeling of what its like to be on the holocaust and it helps us to realize how bad it truly was. There are also many symbols such as Fire, which appears throughout night as a symbol of the Nazis’ cruel power, and Night, which always occurs when suffering, is worst, and its presence reflects Eliezer’s belief that he lives in a world without God. So with the help of literary elements, we get a true feeling of what it was like to be a holocaust survivor and we see what the cruelty people had to go through....
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