English 10B – Pd. 07
27 February 2010
Literary Analysis: Night
In the Novella, Night, imagery creates settings that enhance characterization. Elie, the witness-storyteller, is transformed from innocent to haunted by being put into a hostile environment. Religious to loss of faith by seeing that his god showed no concern of the events going on. And caring to indifferent when his father passes away. Elie turns from innocent to haunted throughout the story by coming from a good community and being put into a hostile environment. At first before he got deported from his home, Sighet in Transylvania. He was an innocent young boy who studied the Talmud “Hilda and Bea helped them with the work. As for me, they said my place was in school” (2). Since he was able to be sent to school by his family and have the chance to learn that shows that he was from a well off family. But once he entered the concentration camp, unaware of the terrors he was going to face, changed his life completely “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed (32)”. The life changing experiences that Elie went through in the concentration camps scarred him for life. The burning of the little children and their mothers affected him in such a way that it would stay with him for the rest of his life. Elie also turns from religious to loss of faith. When he was still in his hometown he studied the Talmud “I was twelve. I believed profoundly. During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple.”(1).This shows that he was dedicated to his religion and believed in God. He came from a religious family that taught him to praise God and show great respect towards Him. But when he was put in the concentration camp he lost his faith in God “For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me, Why should I bless His name?” (31). For...
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